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Reviewed yesterday

Spent an interesting hour walking the track alongside a whole raft of steaming mud pools. It was mid-summer and some were fairly dry

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Stephen L
Reviewed 2 days ago

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

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Chris S
Reviewed 4 days ago

We expected more than we saw. A few steaming vents. Compared to other thermal features we have visited around the world, it was not worth the admission.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Richard R
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This was obviously not our thing and I can’t recommend it to anyone. It was hot (understandably) to walk around but offered little in return. One of the only activities that we regret going to.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank karenhM1146NH
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

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

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Paulinalo
Reviewed 5 days ago

Its not expensive and definately worth a wander around. Little pot holes of bubbling mud and spouts of steam. And good views!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank AilsaBraunton
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

It's fine, you can see better examples of geothermal in NZ elsewhere and they are free so I didn't understand why we needed to pay for this one

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank WStewy92
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

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

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank waynegoldcoast
Reviewed 1 week ago

A 2 kilometre walk among the steam vents. Must have been a low activity day. I found the hot springs just out of Turangi better and you could walk through there for free.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank E3523PFrobw
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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

Date of experience: February 2019
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Mia F
September 21, 2018|
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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
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misraabhinav
Mumbai, India
NZ tour itinerary (22 Replies)
Guys, My wife and i are travelling to NZ for 2 weeks. Below is our itinerary (Self Drive). This will be in Nov 2018. 3 days Auckland - Viaduct Harbour, Skywalk, Domain Wintergarden, Mount Eden, Zoo and acqurium, Queen Street, Vulkan Street. Day 3 from Noon - Auckland--> Miranda-->Coromandel-->New Chum Beach--Whitianga (Night Stay) Day 4 - Hot Water Beach and Catherdral Cove--> Karangahake Gorge-->Hobbiton-->Kaiate Falls-->Rotorua (Night Stay) Day 5 - Okere Falls-->Wai O Tapu-->...More
January 01, 2018|
Response fromgreytravellerSydney|
I think you are being way too ambitious to do both Islands in 14 days. Just looking at the south island itinerary below I don't understand where you are staying each night. Day 7 - Wellington Cable Car, Beehive--> Weta Studio --> Wellington Zoo --> Llyal Bay--> Mount Victoria Sunset--. Cuba Street I assume overnight is Picton. Day 8 - Picton, Queensland Drive--> Havelock--> Buller Gorge--> Westport--> Cape Foulwind, The Dettison--> Pancake Rocks-->Hokitiki long drive but you can drive from...More
Marcandflo
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Best thermal area with 2 small kids aged 2 and 5? (9 Replies)
Kia Ora, We will be in Rotorua in April just after Easter (school holiday) and would like to see a thermal area which I think will entertain the kids especially my 5 year old (nearly 6) who loves everything about volcanoes and is very much into science at the moment. We will only have one day and will be driving from Taupo. I was thinking about stoping at: - Craters of the Moon on our way out from Taupo in the morning and go for a short walk there (1 hour) - and then drive the thermal...More
February 17, 2014|
Response fromFound_Lost_Key|
IMO the best two we have been to is wai-o-tapu and Orakei Korako
Mareepie
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North Island - 10D Itinerary Review? (13 Replies)
We're a couple in our early 30s, visiting NZ for the first time (Oct 6 - 15). Our plane lands in Auckland just after midnight Oct 6 (we'll get an airport hotel for some sleep), and departs mid-afternoon on Oct 15. We're coming from Australia, so jetlag shouldn't be a big issue. We're planning to rent a car and stay at motels/bachs, and do a clock-wise loop of the north island. Our interests are: nature sight seeing, short hikes (1-3 hours), photography, maybe a kayak trip or zipline course....More
June 29, 2018|
Response fromFrangipani08|
Hi mareepie, Your itinerary looks great. Lots of lovely scenery in the mix. Day 1- Thames would be a good place for a lunch stop. You'll need to drive into the town, but easy to return to Kopu for the SH25A through to Hikuai. Hahei would be a convenient overnight base for your Cathedral Cove walk. Day 2 - Matamata township has motels, and there is the Okoroire country hotel not far from Hobbiton, and towards Rotorua direction. Day 7 - star gazing is best away from a town or...More