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All reviews mud pools steam vents geothermal activity boiling mud steam coming steep climb interesting walk thermal area entrance fee walk takes great walk per adult takes about an hour minute walk walk around worth a visit new zealand
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Reviewed yesterday

Interesting visit and easy walk on board walks around the craters. Not as visual as some of the other geothermal sites. Note gates close at 6pm.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank BarrieR157
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We incorporated this on a trip to Taupo, when we were staying in the area. I felt the entrance fee was fair, not overpriced. In Britain they would also have charged you to park, which in NZ was free. We had a sleeping 2year old...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank mabAberystwyth
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Craters of boiling mud emerged, along with other geothermal phenomena, Superheated water rose to the surface, escaping through any vent it could find. Wooden boardwalks have been constructed to protect visitors from the heat of the soil and these are regularly moved as new vents...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Entrance fee was very good The walk took us about an hour and a half (4km) There is lots to see and information boards all around It gives you a very realistic, first hand experience of how the geothermal springs look and sound from up...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Boki95
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Honestly, it's okay but there is a thermal area that is down the road and goes through the forest and it's way cooler! It's just a whole lot of steam coming out of the ground in different areas- big deal. Wide open area...mud pools here...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank emwilz
Reviewed 5 days ago

Although we have visited most of the areas volcanic resorts, we recommend Craters of the Moon as a worthwhile walk along the excellent walk ways around the craters.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Markus B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Don't let that smell stop you! Enjoy the amazing sights from anywhere along the boardwalk and take in this unique geothermal experience.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Red4Life92
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our visit here was fairly quiet with Otto many tourists. The information around the walkway is interesting and accessible and it is quite awesome to see and hear the bubbling mud pools and the many steam vents.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 2582Anne
Reviewed 1 week ago

Glad we went earlier in morning as getting quite warm walking around approaching 11am. Well presented activity, aided by good weather conditions and little breeze where the fumoles were so active, as mud, steam vents showed their presence and of evidence of the land having...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank michael m
Reviewed 1 week ago

Who needs to travel to the moon when you have this amazing place? Take in the sights and sounds and smells of geothermal activity. The World really is an amazing place. Small entry fee.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Mia F
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Response from KarenFredBen | Reviewed this property |
I found the craters of the moon to be a very unique experience. It is beautifully laid out for a leisurely stroll without any pressure or crowds. It is extremely well maintained and you are able to see the activity up close... More
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