Craters of The Moon Geothermal Walk

Craters of the Moon is a geothermal walkway with Lunar Landscapes - Hence its name. Craters of the Moon showcase the natural thermal activity of Taupo including bubbling craters, steam vents and colourful soils. 45+ minutes walk.


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A unique and memorable experience for young and old.

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Named for its other-worldly atmosphere, the Craters of the Moon thermal area sprang up in the 1950s when the nearby power station lowered underground water levels. As hot water was withdrawn from deep within the field, the water level in the deep reservoir dropped and the remaining water boiled more violently, producing more steam.

Large quantities of this extra steam escaped at Craters of The Moon. Enjoy this fantastic geothermal area long well-formed pathways and with elevated viewing platforms. You'll see interesting plants that have adapted to thrive in the hot steamy conditions.
45+ minutes walk.


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Physical address

Craters of The Moon Geothermal Walk, 171 Karapiti Road, Wairakei Park, Taupo, Lake Taupo, 3377, New Zealand.

Opening times

Business hours:
8.30am to 5.00pm 7 days (except Christmas Day )
Months of operation:
All months of the year

Facilities and Features

Proximity to airport:
Proximity to coach terminal:
Proximity to town:
7 kms

Pricing and Conditions

Adult $8.00
(15 year(s) and under)
Other charges:
Adults $8.00 , Children 5-15years $4.00 Child under 5 years FREE

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