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All reviews mud pools steam vents geothermal activity steam coming boiling mud steep climb interesting walk thermal area entrance fee great walk per adult takes about an hour minute walk walk around worth a visit new zealand huka falls
You should really be appreciative of such a natural wonder and the center has tried hard to make it attractive, but I can’t help feeling slightly disappointed.
There was a lot of steam, but not a great deal of activity. The steaming mud pools were...More
This thermal place is actually okay. Very low entrance fee. The path way is well maintained. The naming though is fantastic "Craters of the Moon". So expectation is too high.
But what really really stund me is the rude store keeper. I was taking an...More
Visited today 15/02/19. This would have to be the most overrated thermal attraction in the Geothermal Area. The mud pools and waterways have dried up. Very little seating provided on the walk. Rubbish thrown into some of the steam vents. ( Apparently no Maintainence Staff...More
If coming from Wellington to Lake Taupo this is a good introduction to a newly formed thermal area which is easy to get to. The walk is mostly flat with an optional steep climb up steps to look out over the whole vista and back...More
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
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.
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IMO the best two we have been to is wai-o-tapu and Orakei Korako
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