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Stop 3

Taupo Craters of the Moon

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Craters of the Moon is an outdoor steam bath for vegetation complete with gushing water. The vegetation is unique to the area due the geothermal activity. Descriptive signs explain the plants adaptation to a climate where roots have warm feet and live in a natural spa. While walking around on a brisk spring day it’s pleasantly warm with damp heated mist swirling around. The thermal activity consists of steaming vents, boiling water and mud. Boardwalks make for a relaxed pace. The paths are in excellent condition and well signposted. The walks are self-guided and there are seats to rest at regular intervals. The hilltop views are worth the effort. Contrasting with the crowds at Huka Falls there is plenty of space to savour the atmosphere of nature’s display of its inner workings.

One of the few thermal attractions that is wheelchair accessible. Easy gravel / boardwalks for children. Public toilets at the site. Activity child friendly. A well stocked gift shop to tempt the visitor to spend their tourist dollars. Reasonable prices and most items are good quality.

Admission fees website explanation, “From 2002 the Trust was required to pay site land rental fees to the government for the Craters area and from that time entry fees have been charged. While the entry fees primarily cover the site rental and costs to operate and maintain the site facilities – which include the 2 kilometre access road – these funds are also used to support community organisations and environmental work in the Taupo area and to provide scholarships for local high school students who wish to further their studies at Tertiary Institutions.”
Duration 1 hour – 1 ½ hours.

Putaruru Blue Springs to Craters of the Moon: 1 hour 25 minutes

TIP: do not drive East Taupo Arterial Bypass route, instead keep to the left following signs for Taupo town centre.

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