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“Just beautiful” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley

Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley
State Highway 1 | P.O. Box 71, Taupo, New Zealand
07 374 8004
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“Just beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012

An easy walk into a natural thermal area, offering a magnificent view, steamy cascades, luscious vegetation, mud pools and a great little cafe to begin and end your trip with.

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“So poor”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2012

Not worth the $13 each, the most exciting part about it was looking at the photos on the wall of what it used to look like. Can see why the owners are trying to sell it. Cafe ok

Visited January 2012
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“Don't waste your money”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2012

A terribly run down business, up for sale if it doesn't get closed for safety breaches first. View of the the steam and mud is ok if you make your way thru the long grass and overgrown bushes.

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Melbourne, Australia
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“A complete ripoff - STAY AWAY!!!!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2011

You will get absolutely nothing for $13/head. This is a 25 mins walking tour, and there is absolutely nothing unique or interesting here apart from the misleading name of the place - Craters of the Moon. We shared our walk with Contiki tour group - they were lucky 'cos they seemed to be preoccupoed with each other and coldn't care less that there was nothing to see around.:-))

Visited December 2011
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“Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2010

This place should be shutdown! It is a total rip off and embarressment. I was taking UK visitors to the area and thought we were heading up a road that may have had a view of the geothermal power station, once there we thought why not. But you see far better mud pools for nothing in Rotorua. Tracks, fencing and lack of geothermal activity is terrible.
How do we get this place shutdown?

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