Craters of the Moon, Taupo

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Geologic Formation · Nature / Park
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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  • Craters of the Moon is a region with natural geothermal activity in north of Taupo. It lies within the Taupo volcanic region, producing bubbling craters, steam vents and colourful soil.  more »
  • Unfortunately there wasn’t much thermal activity happening on our visit. Was a bit of a wasted visit. For free you can see more thermal action in Rotorua.  more »
  • It is a beautiful place that reminds us of the might of Mother Earth. Definitely worth visiting when you are in Taupo. Make sure you stick to the designated paths, take a hat, a bottle of water and sunglasses. Even on a cool day, it might get a bit warm so wearing a short sleeve top with a jacket on top that you can remove is a good idea. Toilets are available on the premises once you pay and you go through the doors to start your walk. Ample parking for cars and caravans.
  • Don't know why is called the Craters of the Moon as there are no craters! Lots of vents though so it can get very hot! Sorry but I was not impressed with it! There are lots of other nicer places to visit! At least the entrance fee is cheap, if I remember correctly it was $8/person.

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