Craters of the Moon, Taupo

3.5
#2 of 16 in Parks in Taupo
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. Plan to visit Craters of the Moon during your Taupo vacation using our convenient Taupo vacation planner.
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  • I wouldn't say this is a must see. It's interesting to see the fumeroles, the craters are neat and the mud pools are cool. It's an easy hike around but if you don't have loads of time you can skip it.  more »
  • A nice enjoyable walk, easy and most accessible (not the lookout track) takes about 45mins to an hour at a leisurely pace. If you make the effort to go to haka falls you should come here too.  more »
  • This isn't a big place but really had a great, eery atmosphere. A safe walk through the park along a wooden and gravel pathway this was a brilliant experience for us and our ten year old. Explanations...  more »
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  • Easy to find off the thermal highway and with plentiful parking, Craters of the the moon is must visit place. Whilst we went on a hot, dry day it meant all the mud pools were dry and not bubbling, you could still hear them under the surface of the earth, incredible. Steaming jetting out quite loudly in some areas was fabulous. The wooden walk ways are easy to navigate and the standard walk takes about 30 - 45 min casual walk stopping every so often to read an information sign or take a photo. Well worth the $8.
  • After the first 5 minutes walk you have seen it all. Same all the way. They could do well by adding little extras along the walk. Like a colourful picture or photo opportunity. Then to crown it all the staff were very very clear about not being late as they have the end year function. Not very touristy overall.
  • A nice little stop to see some geothermal activity up close. A very easy walk (except for the additional walk you could take which was a little steep). Smell wasn’t too bad compared to some other geothermal locations. The price is hard to beat as well. The signage around the walk was also interesting and helpful.
  • Good for a day walk/hike. Cool to see the geothermal craters. Take the extended route. It gives a nice view and doesn’t take much longer.
  • This place offers a large amount of thermal spots and with a very nominal entrance fee of 8$. No other places offer this view for the price. Do not miss it. You have short and long walk. Long walk is good it's 45 mins and you see all kinds of thermal activity.

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