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Craters Of The Moon

Geothermal Walking Path

Difficulty: Easy 45 min. walking loop
Bring: Camera with a movie feature
Craters Of The Moon
NZGps: 38° 38' 39.678" S 176° 4' 19.3224" E
Average: 2.7 (3 votes)

Seething earth, hissing fumaroles, and steaming cauldrons of death…all safely viewed from the 45-ish minute planked walkway that snakes through this primeval geothermal “newcomer.” Strangely, Craters of the Moon hasn’t been around long, at least in geologic age…and signs along the walkway will illuminate the fascinating history. Craters is a must-see, even if you’ve been to Rotorua’s best—the steaming clouds that wisp around and wrap you in their humid embrace are an experience not to miss!

This place was formerly a free attraction, but since DOC gave up its management on 6/6/06 (did the devil make them do it?), it now costs a nominal $5. It’s a fantastic stroll for the whole family, especially if you “accidentally” veer Off The Path enough to look down into a billowing crater—surely Gollum and the Hobbits will be mucking about on their way to Doom. Don’t dawdle though, hurry back to the path lest Sauron’s evil eye spots you and he sends the ring wraiths aaaiiiyyyyyy!!

Excerpt from "NZ Frenzy Guidebook" by Scott CookNZ Frenzy Guidebook

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don't go in the summer

Thibault's picture

don't go in the summer nothing to see except some dust and dry mud


Submitted by Thibault on Sat, 2015-02-14 02:22

don't worth the 8 $ in the

kay's picture

don't worth the 8 $ in the summer! haven't been here at winter but everything is dry in the summer! no operating mud pool, just some hot water dust clouds


Submitted by kay on Thu, 2015-01-29 13:03

it's 8$ per person now ! but

bertille's picture

it's 8$ per person now ! but was amazing !


Submitted by bertille on Sun, 2014-06-29 19:19