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“mud pools”(109 reviews)
“steam vents”(89 reviews)
Karapiti Road, Taupo, New Zealand
+64 27 656 4684
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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 per adult great walk takes about an hour minute walk walk around new zealand huka falls
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We went here before rotorua so had nothing to compare to. The walk is easy the craters are interesting and a couple very noisy. I'm glad we did this one First as the others are much larger and more impressive. However for the entry price...More

Thank LynseyUK55
Reviewed 2 days ago

A genuinely recent creation, with the fumaroles and other features becoming active after the opening of the geothermal power station in 1958. Good boardwalk and good signboards. In addition very helpful staff who shared information regarding the wider area.

Thank MadalynH7
Reviewed 4 days ago

This one of those places that is interesting to visit because it is unique, but it becomes boring very quickly. After the first fifteen minutes you've seen what is to be seen. We never really saw mud pools boiling, and apparently this is subject to...More

Thank AskiesDog
Reviewed 4 days ago

Just outside Taupo, this is a refreshing little walk across a wood / dirt path in a small valley of brush, steam holes, and one bubbling mud steam pool. Took us 45 minutes and was an easy walk with many different views of steaming holes...More

Thank Holenone9399
Reviewed 5 days ago

A small attraction but a good view of the hot water Geisers and steam from the underground hot water pools. Well designed and as a charitable trust only a small charge to enter which you feel is going to good use rather than someones profit.

Thank Andrew H
Reviewed 1 week ago

A relatively (compared with other attractions nearby) cheap venue which provides a good introduction to the geothermal activity within this area. There is plenty of noise, steam and smells to keep you entertained and a good gift shop, if you like that sort of thing.

Thank NewtonAbbotMed
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A unique experience but I don’t think you should have to pay. An easy walk of about 45 mins and something I’ve never seen before but I felt a little ripped off paying $8 to see something which should be free. Definitely a tourist trap...More

Thank mrossiter21
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was such a nice walk , it was a real warm day & made the walk really hot but it was such a nice stroll around

Thank Seaside14535466537
Reviewed 1 week ago

Really enjoyed walking around here. Amazed at just how much geothermal activity is going on underground in NZ

Thank Debbie A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

WE were disappointed - it was not as exciting as we expected. The walk was quite long, it was hot & sunny & quite a distance between craters. But we got ther in the end. we bought an abalone shell from the souvenir shop &...More

Thank shazhan472
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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
13 July 2017|
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