Craters of the Moon
Craters of the Moon
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  • Simon C
    Ashtead, United Kingdom780 contributions
    Worth a stop
    This is an awesome place that really does look like a foreign land with steam hissing out of around fifty fumaroles. There is a whiff of sulphur, but it’s not overpowering. The ground is hot though and can be felt by holding your hands out as it catches the heat radiating upwards. The 45 mins walk is well worth experiencing.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 March 2023
  • Sandra P
    Oxford, United Kingdom121 contributions
    Worth your time. Good value.
    This was quite different from some of the walks we'd done in Rotorua and a good addition to our experience of this landscape. The walk took us about an hour. It was hot, zero shade, so we were strolling and conserving energy! Fascinating mud pools and cliffs. Good explanatory signage. Snacks, ices and gifts available. NB no indication on the board that seniors receive half price entry.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 4 March 2023
  • AndoBeatts
    Melbourne, Australia125 contributions
    So great to see these steam vents up close!
    This is a really great waking tour around the steaming craters. It doesn’t take too long to complete the circuit and it’s a fairly easy walk although there are some steep inclines and steps to climb to the more active vents. You walk around the entire place on either boardwalks or well maintained paths and it’s all very well signed. Highly recommended and for the $10 entry fee, it’s an absolute bargain.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 17 March 2023
  • Tasman Travels
    56 contributions
    Lovely Way To Spend Some Time
    We visited Craters of the Moon yesterday. How lovely! Really nice, easy stroll around the geothermal area with awesome scenery, really magical. The paths and boardwalks are wheelchair and pushchair friendly which is nice to see and if you want a more strenuous walk, you can head up to the lookout. We spent a good hour or so wondering around, and ready the information signs. Really worth the stop! Thanks to Kelly and the girls behind the counter for making our experience so memorable.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 April 2023
  • JElliot32
    New South Wales, Australia3,811 contributions
    Don't expect a lunar landscape
    I think someone's imagination must have been in overdrive when this place was named Craters of the Moon. It doesn't live up to the description. That said, it is a landscape of significant geothermal activity featuring lots of steam (and steam vents) and some muddy craters. It is less spectacular than the geothermal sites around Rotorua, but then the entry fee of $10/head is a bit cheaper than the Rotorua sites too. Easy walk around the path, which is mostly on boardwalks. You can dawdle and still do the circuit in well under an hour. Even the 'challenging' walk up to the lookout wasn't too taxing.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 22 April 2023
  • Marville
    6 contributions
    Good views
    The views and scenery looks so serene, 45 minutes walk to complete the loop with additional 15 minutes to go up the look out stairs. 10 dollars for adults. we went on a sunny day and it was very hot. No place to refill water bottles so it would be nice if they have it.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 April 2023
  • Eleven Roe
    Kihei, Hawaii185 contributions
    A nice walk
    We visited on a nice sunny day and it was a great walk. There's not much to see other than steam vents and old craters, but it's also not an expensive ticket and doesn't take very long if you just want to breeze through it. The main steam vent is worth seeing, and the switchback climb up to the ridge is also worth it for the stunning 360-degree view.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 9 May 2023
  • Hollie
    Scotland, United Kingdom11 contributions
    100% recommend doing this!!!!
    This was such an amazing experience! It was such a beautiful day when we came to visit and it was absolutely stunning!! We booked on ‘bookme’ so we got entry for $5 per adult but it only $10 per adult anyways and I would say it’s definitely worth it! The ladies at the front desk were so lovely and knew all the information! It’s definitely something you have to do if you are a solo traveler or if you have a family!!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 May 2023
  • Dona S
    Porirua, New Zealand864 contributions
    Amazing steamy landscape
    A weird landscape with steam escaping from vents all over the place - it looked quite eerie on a cold winter's morning. The walkway is well maintained with plenty of information and warning signs to keep people on the track. The staff on the way in were friendly and helpful - there was a discount for Gold Card holders, which was great. Well worth the effort of a visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 June 2023
  • Nicola A
    43 contributions
    Excellent hour exploring with late teens.
    This is excellent value for a family, even the teens found this interesting and took loads of photos. We ventured up the steepest hill which is quite a climb but worth the view of the region. A tourist shop is there when you exit. Huka Falls is across the road from the turnoff.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 25 June 2023
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Sarah C
Ashtead, UK1,245 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
Always eerie and somewhat other-worldy, this was a fascinating geothermal park. You can wander around at your own pace, sticking to the path is essential as rocks and ground spit and hiss and bubble inches from your feet, with the fleeing that the terrain is in constant flux
Written 27 February 2024
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Natalie R
Wellington, New Zealand5 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Very beautiful and interesting place how Mother Nature created, its good walking view and lost of beautiful scenery. We enjoyed it
Written 23 January 2024
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Louplouploup
Auckland Central, New Zealand51 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
We went to Craters of the Moon a blank canvas as a family of 2 fit seniors, 1 adult and 2 teens/tweens. The walk is priced lower than other geothermal experiences to its credit but for good reason. It’s an advertised 45 minute walk with lookouts but we spent 30 mins marching around to reach the end as soon as possible. It was a hot day but there are no areas on the walk with any covered areas for you to sit or pause, instead it’s a march around to quickly reach the end with very few sights of interest. There are a few steaming vents but the mud pools weren’t active, just crusty mud. It’s mostly a barren wasteland with very little to see. And on a hot day with no shade it’s a hot barren wasteland with one goal - the end. The staff were lovely and I hate to write a negative review but it really isn’t worth the visit, we spent as much on water and ice blocks at the end as we did entry. You either want to pay the entry for a good experience or you don’t, if you don’t you aren’t getting the experience and here you just don’t. I’m very sorry to say.
Written 11 January 2024
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Malcolm L
Singapore, Singapore24 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
Our family of five had a relaxing afternoon walk in this Interesting geothermal landscape park a short drive from Lake Tapuo.
Written 11 December 2023
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The Winded Traveller
48 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Pretty good value for what you get to do and see. 10 dollars for entry is pretty good. Get a half decent walk.
Written 23 November 2023
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Jen J
Okemos, MI3 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Super interesting and quite inexpensive— only $10 per adult in New Zealand dollars. I wish I had paid more attention in science class when we learned about tectonic plates and geothermal energy. The signage along the walk was very informative and helpful. Recommend for people of all ages.
Written 7 November 2023
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Cat J A
Melbourne, Australia393 contributions
Sept 2023 • Friends
Saw the sign that piqued our interest and the promise of a small entry fee sold us after the overpriced thermal attractions in this part of the region. We paid our NZ $10 entry fee and headed out to a leisurely walk around the circuit track checking out the various thermal features. Not super busy and self paced, this park provided an opportunity to experience the steam and mud from viewing platforms. Really lives up to its name. Plenty of free parking and a reasonably priced gift shop make this worthwhile.
Written 30 September 2023
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Adventure65734406978
1 contribution
May 2023 • Couples
A great walk around in the surroundings full of smoke and steam around the crazy craters of the moon park.
Written 9 September 2023
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622suziej
Auckland, New Zealand179 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
What a fantastic place to visit. Great value for money. Well looked after area and informative information boards. I was very impressed with the value for money.
Written 12 August 2023
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Verona B
55 contributions
Aug 2023
We visited in early August, so it was winter and a very windy and cold day. The area is quite open (low bushes) so the wind was intense during the walk. The entire walk took us about 40 mins, including the extra lookout (10min climb). Most of the walk in on board walks, with some grave sections. Information boards were probably the most interesting I saw on the entire trip- easy to read, but explains aspects of the geothermal occurances you see (e.g. types of minerals/rocks). Not many others were there, so felt like we had the place to ourselves.
Written 4 August 2023
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