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Got up here in a tiny car with no clearance, but as an Australian I have a tolerance for a couple... read more

Reviewed 19 August 2018
Tom D
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Amazing views but take a guide

As others say a 4WD is best. We went in an older model Toyota Kluger SUV and you wouldn't want less... read more

Reviewed 30 July 2018
Albury, Australia
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Reviewed 19 August 2018 via mobile

Got up here in a tiny car with no clearance, but as an Australian I have a tolerance for a couple of underbody rock bangs. Location is -13.51273636,-172.39516152, where the road ends and the Crater Man is to be found.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 30 July 2018

As others say a 4WD is best. We went in an older model Toyota Kluger SUV and you wouldn't want less clearance. The road is was not dangerous, just quite rough in spots. Take it slow and it is fine. We met Da Craterman an...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Merri13
Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

The road is terrible (but worth it)! We made it up most of the way in an all wheel drive but it was dicey. Then we hiked the rest of the way, which wasn't all that long. About 3 quarters of the way up this...More

Date of experience: October 2017
2  Thank Sightseer262174
Reviewed 18 April 2017

This trip is 4WD only unless you want a long uphill walk for about 8km (5 miles). The crater man was sick apparently and his shack and 'labour of love' efforts seems to be falling into disrepair. Painted signs are broken and scattered over the...More

Date of experience: April 2017
2  Thank PogodaDobra
Reviewed 8 October 2016

This was our longest side trip while staying at Le Lagoto. We had a hire Toyota RAV, which was very suitable for the 8km road uphill from Paia. We stopped to pay the entrance fee to Da Craterman and left our vehicle 1km above his...More

Date of experience: September 2016
4  Thank MikeZQN
Reviewed 26 June 2016

I have to say we chickened out of getting to this "attraction". Again after trying for quite a bit of time and driving we saw a small sign saying Mt Matavanu. We decided to have a go and soon realised it wasn't going any where....More

Date of experience: June 2016
2  Thank Eaa1947
Reviewed 18 April 2016

Our path ahead was blocked and we couldn't find the crater man so instead of being rude and just carrying on we turned around and didn't get a chance to visit the crater.

Date of experience: April 2016
1  Thank sailingkiwi91
Reviewed 12 January 2016

We rode the 7km up to the start of the Crater Walk and it was pretty challenging for most of our group. We hadn't bought enough food or water so most of us decided not to walk the 6km round trip to the edge of...More

Date of experience: January 2016
2  Thank Zbrowelli
Reviewed 29 September 2015 via mobile

This is where the big volcano from 1905 originated, causing widespread devastation seen in the Saleula lava fields and the interesting and unique lava tubes at A'opo. The road up is really fun. Don't stop until you get to the top! It is a nice...More

Date of experience: September 2015
2  Thank rgordeaux
Reviewed 6 April 2015

We did this trip about 18 months ago and decided to repeat it to show our guests staying with us. You really do need a 4 wheel drive vehicle. We managed to drive just past De Crater Man's Fale before parking and walking the rest...More

Date of experience: April 2015
3  Thank AmandaKIndia
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