i've already made plans to visit Whakarewarewa Maori Village, which supposedly allows us views of geothermal features. so i'm wondering if i should still make time to drop by craters of the moon? will i be looking at the same things?
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. I would go for it. Reasonable entry costs. Cheapest coffee going as well.
We went to both. I found both unique and worthwhile as they are so different. Craters is quiet and beautiful. Maori village had some fun additional attractions and also enjoyable but crowded with a lot more people.
It's been many years since I visited the Rotorua site, but I loved the Craters of the Moon as it was such an 'other worldly' sight. And for me, no nasty sulphurous stink either!
The thermal features at Rotorua are at least as striking as The Craters of the Moon in my opinion. If you will be in Rotorua anyway, I would not make the separate longish trip. There are some colorful pools near Rotorua and a museum in a former bath house. The chance to get an inroduction to Maori culture is a great reason to visit Rotorua. Incidentally, there is also an attractive forest of (imported) redwoods in Rotorua.
yes it will unfortuntly but it is in a different locality and if it is on your bucket list go and see.
You only need to see it once and the price for a family ticket was very good.
Hope that helps.
Don’t waste your time going to craters of the moon in my opinion, you will see the exact kind of thermal activity at every other thermal area you visit . craters of the moon is about a 1 hr walk along a walkway looking at “steam vents “ and the occasional mud pool . Something you can see everywhere else around the Rotorua area .
2 very different experiences. The craters on the moon is much better value for money as it feels less commercial.
Basically one bubbling mud hole looks the same as any other. We had some time to kill before we had to head back to Auckland to catch our flight the next day, It was a pleasant walk and that is all you will see is mud holes and geysers. The price is more than fair and so is the coffee. We went in late Autumn. We went to Te Puia and they had a really awesome geyser. I believe it is the largest in New Zealand.
If you have the time I would recommend to go to Waiotapu instead of moon craters as it’s bigger and with much more interesting to watch and walk around and the craters is active daily at 10am if you want to see the eruption of the crater
While the Maori. Ill age is interesting, the Craters of the moon is far more spectacular. Well worth a visit.
I have visited both - the Maori site and the Craters of the Moon. The Craters of the Moon are much more interesting than the geothermical sites at Maori village.
I therefore recommeand you to see also the Craters of the Moon
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