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Interesting landscape

Took the kids (10 & 11 year old) here. It was interesting but they did run through really quickly... read more

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chardonnayl8a
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Tauranga, New Zealand
Enjoyable experience

We hadn’t been here for many years and were delighted to see that there was a shop at the entrance... read more

Reviewed March 25, 2021
mike385
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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Reviewed July 8, 2019

First went 30years ago. Now a lot more structured but nothing intrusive. Once on the track you cannot see the reception area at all so make one feel your in a remote place. Unspoilt and dramatic in places. A must visit

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Barry A
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Reviewed July 4, 2019

Enjoyed seeing Craters of the Moon though other free attractions, such as at Wai-o-Tapu, offered closer views of boiling mud pools.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed July 4, 2019

This is an interesting geothermal site, well managed and presented, with a very reasonable admission fee. Geothermal sites are such a weird, otherworldly experience that seeing a few is a must if you're in the area.

We came here the day after seeing Wai-o-Tapu, which is more visually impressive. That said, it was absolutely bucketing with rain, which probably tempered our experience a bit - I think it would be more enjoyable and impressive in good weather.

Definitely recommend a visit.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed June 26, 2019

Very mystical and other worldly. Easy visit from central Lake Taupo, takes only an hour or so to look around. Memorable experience.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank theadoraf
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Reviewed June 23, 2019 via mobile

This was probably one of the absolute best experiences. Walking around the crater and looking at the rising steam, listening to the fizzing and hissing sound, smelling the sulfur in the air, feeling some of the warmth dissipating upward, looking at and listening to the boiling mud was an amazing and uncommon experience.

I had had a somewhat similar experience in Akureyri, Iceland. The difference here is that there is greenery all around on the ground. Here you can actually see the edges of the crater where the earth is split.

This is one way to experience what it might have been like when our earth was being formed.

This is a great experience for parents of school-age children. But, most importantly, this is just an incredible place to enjoy.

Date of experience: June 2019
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