Craters of the Moon

Craters of the Moon

Reviews

Michael Bley's avatar

Michael Bley

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Was not bad but not the best thermal area in this area. Really nice people.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in January 2017

Barbara's avatar

Barbara

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

During the 90 minute walk you get an impressive overview of different geothermal activities (mud pools, blowholes, craters). Nice price/performance ratio.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

Lisa's avatar

Lisa

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

See geysers and get to understand the volcanoes activity.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

Mona Uttendorf's avatar

Mona Uttendorf

Germany

Ranking: 6/10

A very short walk, just some good views.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

Menguy Thibault's avatar

Menguy Thibault

France

Ranking: 6/10

Geothermal park, not really something surprising and a little bit disappointed to not see the mud pools!

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

Lucy Millett's avatar

Lucy Millett

United Kingdom

Ranking: 5/10

A natural hot springs park = interesting if you like science.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

Karlee Hormell's avatar

Karlee Hormell

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Really great riding through some interesting landscapes. Trails for all abilities. Well worth the $10 visitor pass.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

Connor Hormell's avatar

Connor Hormell

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Loved this park. One of my favourites in the North Island. Loads of trails (probably need more than a day to see them all), very well marked and signed.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

Franziska and Sabine's avatar

Franziska and Sabine

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Cheap activity, not the best but still a good trip if you have time.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in January 2016

Marlene Buchwald's avatar

Marlene Buchwald

Germany

Ranking: 4/10

The craters are nice but for $8, the park was not worth it. A lot of people and not much to see.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in February 2016

Hannes's avatar

Hannes

Austria

Ranking: 9/10

Very interesting landscape, have not seen anything like that before, worth it to pay for it.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

Conservation Campsite Pass

Save up to 70% on campsite fees! Support conservation and experience the natural beauty of NZ. 78 Department of Conservation campsites, one convenient pass.

Get the Pass

Anna Lerchl's avatar

Anna Lerchl

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Good activity to do on a sunny day. Nice walk around with insights into active volcano zones.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

Catharina Cuntz's avatar

Catharina Cuntz

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Nice walk through a geothermal landscape close to Taupo. The walkways are mostly brand new and guarantee an easy walk. $8 is fair for what you get. Nice staff, welcoming you, clean toilets and a sweet gift shop.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in January 2016

Andreas Schiefer's avatar

Andreas Schiefer

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Stunning views, geothermal area, takes 3/4 hour, costs $8 per person.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

Thomas and Katia's avatar

Thomas and Katia

France

Ranking: 6/10

Nice walk for $8, very welcoming people at the entrance. It is a 45 minute walk in the centre of many volcanic activities. But not so impressive for us after other places in South America.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

Jutta Bernhart's avatar

Jutta Bernhart

Germany

Ranking: 6/10

The price is okay ($8), it is interesting to see the fumeroles, the walkway/path is very well maintained, but on the whole nothing extraordinary.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in December 2014

Michal Kamradek's avatar

Michal Kamradek

Czech Republic

Ranking: 7/10

Geothermal walk, 45 minutes, nothing special. $8.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in December 2014

Max Tetzlaff's avatar

Max Tetzlaff

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Cheap and nice walking track, very interesting.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

Thomas Dequidt's avatar

Thomas Dequidt

France

Ranking: 7/10

Interesting if you want to see a few fumeroles and boiling mud. Only $8 per person.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

Elise Boinnot's avatar

Elise Boinnot

Ranking: 9/10

Prices are correct, $8, cheap compared to other activities! The place is great. It is very impressive to see all the fumeroles and to hear mud bubbling. Good explanation as well.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

Philip Donachie's avatar

Philip Donachie

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Spectacular views from the geo-thermal activity.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

Boneschova Jarka's avatar

Boneschova Jarka

Czech Republic

Ranking: 7/10

Quite a good trip.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in April 2014

Ondrej Stepanek's avatar

Ondrej Stepanek

Czech Republic

Ranking: 3/10

It does not look like a moons environment and unfortunately we had hot weather there so we saw just holes, quite boring.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in April 2014

Top Ranked NZ Deals Pass

Access savings worth hundreds of $$ on Top Ranked NZ Accommodation and Activities for just $1 per day.

Get deals pass

Richard's avatar

Richard

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Good little walk.
There are better free walks in Rotorua, but if that's not possible then this is good.
Lovely staff.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

Claudia's avatar

Claudia

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Nice facilities and a well maintained board walk. Cheap, but not too interesting and a nice option for those staying in Taupo or passing by.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

Bertrand Gilles's avatar

Bertrand Gilles

France

Ranking: 4/10

Waiting for something more spectacular.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in March 2013

Clodec's avatar

Clodec

France

Ranking: 8/10

Cheaper price for entrance!

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in March 2013

Adam Hayley's avatar

Adam Hayley

United Kingdom

Ranking: 4/10

If you had never seen any form of geothermal activity before, then it may be of some interest, but unfortunately a few scattered steam vents and holes in the ground does not justify an entrance fee.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2011

ToGy's avatar

ToGy

Belgium

Ranking: 1/10

Just some steam coming out of the ground and some bubbles of mud. Not worth the money! You can see the same steam and water for free near Kerosine Creek and swim in it.

Reviewed about 8 years ago

_mel_'s avatar

_mel_

Switzerland

Ranking: 5/10

not that impressive as other thermal parks, but also not that crowded, which is nice!

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in January 2010

katel86's avatar

katel86

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Nice little walk

Reviewed over 8 years ago

Alice Bastiman's avatar

Alice Bastiman

England

Ranking: 5/10

A good walk but we had already seen quite a lot of thermal stuff.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in March 2011

Johnno25's avatar

Johnno25

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

A nice walk with some impressive craters and cool views. Not as impressive as some free walks in Rotorua but reasonable value for money at $14.50 for a family. Boardwalk is very expensive to maintain so justified prices. Plesant staff as well. Facilities nice and clean.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago

rgoodwi3's avatar

rgoodwi3

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Really cool place, great value for the money (~$6/pp). The staff were even nice and unlocked the gate so that one of our members could get out after they accidentally locked him into the bathroom!

Reviewed almost 9 years ago

Andreas Rath's avatar

Andreas Rath

Austria

Ranking: 4/10

Little pricey for little to see.

Reviewed about 9 years ago

Thank You - to the thousands of travellers that have contributed to our Top Voted NZ Activities Map - it's free from Rankers.

Natalie Maguire's avatar

Natalie Maguire

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Cheap entry $6 per person. Great thermal reserve with lots of steam rising and mud pools.

Reviewed about 9 years ago

Nikolas Woelzel's avatar

Nikolas Woelzel

Germany

Ranking: 3/10

It was not very impressive. We were partly disappointed and rushed through the park. Price was little too high for what it offers.

Reviewed about 9 years ago

Ines's avatar

Ines

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

You cannot see the volcanoes (as it is said in the guides), but we went early and were all alone which was great.

Reviewed about 9 years ago

Derek Archibald's avatar

Derek Archibald

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

As good as some of the commercial sites. Looked after by volunteers and donations.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

Andrew Hammond's avatar

Andrew Hammond

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Entry fee of $6 seems about right. Very interesting locations and the walkway ensures you get a reall good look at the sights.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

Wolfgang G's avatar

Wolfgang G

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

More expected

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in January 2010

Jorrit Bust's avatar

Jorrit Bust

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Fun to see but a bit too touristic and a shame you have to pay for it.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in January 2010

Matt Roper's avatar

Matt Roper

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

For a small fee a really interesting walk around an active thermal area with great, up-close views of mud pools and steaming craters.

Reviewed about 10 years ago

KatieR's avatar

KatieR

England

Ranking: 8/10

45 min walk along a boardwalk over geothermal mud craters and steaming holes.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in April 2009

M and H Lunn's avatar

M and H Lunn

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Interesting - but not to be compared with Yellostone! Entry fee reasonable.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

Sebastien Briant's avatar

Sebastien Briant

France

Ranking: 4/10

A site that should be free. It's not so terrific, even if it remains strange and unusual. $6 per adult.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

Dersiree Moerbeek's avatar

Dersiree Moerbeek

Netherlands

Ranking: 6/10

Good value for money not very diverse

Reviewed over 10 years ago

Camping NZ App Icon

Camping NZ App

Every camping site on your iPhone™, iPad™ or Android™ phone or tablet. Avoid camping penalties using this council approved app. Featuring offline maps.

Download from the App Store Download Android app on Google Play

Bram-Jan M's avatar

Bram-Jan M

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

One of the geo-thermal parks that actually WAS affordable, and your car was even guarded during your stay there!

Reviewed over 10 years ago

J P Paulvast's avatar

J P Paulvast

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

geo thermal wonderland entry is only donation to keep your car safe. Nice walk 2 info on the track.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

robineth's avatar

robineth

Netherlands

Ranking: 4/10

Okay but not too exciting.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

gerhardm's avatar

gerhardm

Germany

Ranking: 6/10

Not too spectacular but is worth seeing for just $6

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in April 2009

Mark Piche's avatar

Mark Piche

Canada

Ranking: 7/10

Overall good value at $6.00 for an adult. Good set up for the tour.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

KYinNZ's avatar

KYinNZ

United States

Ranking: 6/10

Not bad for the price you pay BUT the other areas are more spectacular (and much more expensice too).

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

AliR's avatar

AliR

England

Ranking: 5/10

Was okay, but should just be called a nice walk. But also has good wheelchair access.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago and experienced in March 2009

PeteH1's avatar

PeteH1

United Kingdom

Ranking: 6/10

A nice walk - Nothing more, but a good walk. Ideal for the disabled.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago and experienced in March 2009

Andrew's avatar

Andrew

United States

Ranking: 9/10

When we went it was $6. $6 to see anything in Taupo or Rotorua is good! It's not your typical $30 tourist trap. There are vents with steam, there are noisy vents with steam, there's boiling mud, and steam is everywhere. It's a good thermal site. The walk way is well maintained and the road in good shape. It's a short drive from Huka falls. Certainly worth a visit.

Reviewed about 11 years ago

Nick's avatar

Nick

England

Ranking: 9/10

This is good value for money way & seeing thermal activity. Not touristy - Run by volunteers for D of C.

Reviewed about 11 years ago

Katherine's avatar

Katherine

England

Ranking: 7/10

Very friendly people at kiosk + they looked after our rucksacks. I was a bit disappointed with the actual views.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

Claire's avatar

Claire

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Not as spectacular as I had hoped but well laid out site and good information boards. Facilities clean and staff very helpful.

Reviewed over 11 years ago