Craters of the Moon, Taupo
(3.3/5 based on 1,000+ reviews on the web)
Witness the power of nature erupting from the ground at Craters of the Moon. A part of New Zealand's largest geothermal field, this protected natural area is home to numerous craters, mud pools, and steaming fumaroles. Continuous geological activity has created the distinctive landscape, where hot steam rises over scarce, low vegetation. Two hiking trails lead through the area; the main track is generally flat and covered in a boardwalk, making it accessible for wheelchairs and strollers. The top track, with a series of steps, is less accessible, but takes you to an elevated lookout from where you can enjoy the view over the field. Our Taupo itinerary builder makes visiting Craters of the Moon and other Taupo attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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TripAdvisor
  • If you like exploring nature and flira thid is a must such a unique place to visit. I enjoyed visiting craters of the moon and recommend people of all ages and fitness levels to drop by and explore th...  more »
  • The place is very nice for a walk with friends and family. The walk takes about an hour in the middle of a geothermal site. He there not particular animation but simply a ballad. Nice to discover the taupo region.
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  • Maybe if you've seen Yellowstone or other NZ thermal centres this one isn't the tops; but it was a new experience for us and well worth the $8 entrance. Pleasant trail round the park (one - optional -...  more »
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  • Great value for money. My girlfriend and I really enjoyed the hour walk around the park. Amazing views and a must do if you are visiting the area. Highly recommended.
  • Fantastic walk through eerie atmosphere. Best to go after there's been some rain otherwise the big mud pools can be dry. Much lower cost than the commercial equivalents around Rotorua
  • It was not really impressive, just smoke and low vegetation. There are not real mud pools. Nothing compared with Waiotapu or Waiomangu near Rotorua.The best thing is the moonish atmosphere.
  • This was a fantastic stop to see the incredible geothermal activity of the area.
  • You just have to see this place blows your mind