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Wonderful geothermals

Always eerie and somewhat other-worldy, this was a fascinating geothermal park. You can wander... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Sarah C
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Ashtead, United Kingdom
Good Value

Pretty good value for what you get to do and see. 10 dollars for entry is pretty good. Get a half... read more

Reviewed 23 November 2023
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Reviewed 21 November 2018 via mobile

I recently visited this park and it was a good experience. For an entry fee of $8NZD the trail around the park took about an hour, including the extra lookout loop.

I drove from Taupo town centre to the park on my way to Tuaranga. It is around 5 minutes drive from the highway to the park. The park wasn't busy and plenty of parking spaces were available.

There were a number of information boards along the trail giving details of the volcanic activity and the flora surrounding the pits. These had enough information but not too much.

Seeing the pools, steam and coloured soils was pretty cool. For the entry fee it seemed pretty reasonable. A word of warning: this is not Te Puia in Rotorua. There are no guided tours, kiwi houses, Maori buildings or erupting geysers. As such, it is $8NZD entry rather than $50NZD. If you only have time for one, in my opinion, go to just Te Puia but it will have coach loads of tourists.

Keeping that in mind, Craters of the Moon park is worth a look if you are passing, but not really worth going out of your way for. Overall a good visit.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank mrlukenik
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Reviewed 21 November 2018

This is an educational site to visit and you can walk at a leisurely pace to see everything on your own time. I enjoyed taking tons of photos here.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 17 November 2018

It was an interesting walk through to see fissures bellowing gases from earth's belly.
A pleasant afternoon exercise, but honestly it would not be on the top of my to do list.
Nonetheless, it was a good lesson in geology and geothermal activity.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Humphrey D
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Reviewed 16 November 2018 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 this is also a good park. We enjoyed our time here and the steep walk for the views was lovely. I would recommend given the entry cost and what you get to view once inside the park.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 15 November 2018

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.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank MadalynH7
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