Holidays in Craters of the Moon

Holiday Travel Guide
Craters of the Moon showing tranquil scenes and mist or fog

Experience a strange volcanic landscape where steam clouds swirl in the air and mud pools pop and boil beneath your feet.

Craters of the Moon is an otherworldly landscape of craters and steam vents where hissing clouds of steam rise into the air and hot mud bubbles beneath your feet. Explore this geothermal hot spot by taking the boardwalks and tracks to the edges of large craters.

Craters of the Moon emerged in the 1950s when locals noticed that the earth here was heating up and emitting clouds of steam. Boiling mud craters and other volcano-like phenomena also began to appear. The cause was the nearby geothermal power station lowering the underground water pressure. This activity brought about the drastic changes to the landscape that you can see today.

Get close to the vents and craters from the safety of the walkways which lead to viewing platforms. Listen to the hissing sound of sulphuric steam clouds as they escape from vents in the ground. The scene can appear quite eerie with mists swirling around, a feeling that is enhanced by the minimal vegetation in the area.

Give yourself at least 45 minutes to walk the trail loop through the cratered valley and a further 20 minutes if you want to climb to the upper lookout. The routes are suitable for all ages and fitness levels and have assisted wheelchair access.

The geothermal attraction is located in the Great Lake Taupo region, approximately 4 miles (7 kilometers) north of Taupo. If you are driving, take the exit off State Highway 1 and park in the attraction’s car park.

Craters of the Moon is open every day except Christmas Day, from morning until early evening. Admission charges apply with discounts for family tickets and children aged between 5 years and 12 years. Those under the age of 5 get in for free. Before your visit, go to the thermal park’s website to download the free app. It contains maps, stories, video clips and fascinating facts about the area.

610 Cheap Hotels Near Craters of the Moon

Grandeur Thermal Spa Resort
Grandeur Thermal Spa Resort
3 out of 5
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$89 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.
Located in Tauhara, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Spa Thermal Park, Golf Club Taupo and Taupo Bungy. Taupo i-SITE Visitor Information Centre and Taupo ...
3.8/5 Good! (227 reviews)
"amazing and cheap!"

Reviewed on 14 Jan. 2022

Grandeur Thermal Spa Resort
Quality Suites Huka Falls
Quality Suites Huka Falls
3 out of 5
56 Huka Falls Road, Taupo
The price is AU$125 per night from 21 Feb. to 22 Feb.
Located in Rangatira Park, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Lake Taupo, Taupo Bungy and Huka Falls. Craters of the Moon and Wairakei International Golf Course ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (683 reviews)
"Each room is stand alone on a very large property,cool as place."

Reviewed on 15 Aug. 2021

Quality Suites Huka Falls
Wairakei Resort Taupo
Wairakei Resort Taupo
4 out of 5
640 Wairakei Road, Wairakei
The price is AU$129 per night from 27 Feb. to 28 Feb.
This family-friendly Wairakei hotel is located in a national park, within 2 mi (3 km) of Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley, Wairakei International Golf Course ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (982 reviews)
"Has little bit of everything on one spot. Very nice but needs a bit of updating, you can see that is old, clean but old. However,we’ll be back 😊"

Reviewed on 8 Jan. 2022

Wairakei Resort Taupo
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Top Craters of the Moon Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Grandeur Thermal Spa Resort
Grandeur Thermal Spa Resort
3 out of 5
The price is AU$89 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.
Grandeur Thermal Spa Resort
Quality Suites Huka Falls
Quality Suites Huka Falls
3 out of 5
56 Huka Falls Road, Taupo
The price is AU$125 per night from 21 Feb. to 22 Feb.
Quality Suites Huka Falls
Wairakei Resort Taupo
Wairakei Resort Taupo
4 out of 5
640 Wairakei Road, Wairakei
The price is AU$129 per night from 27 Feb. to 28 Feb.
Wairakei Resort Taupo
Huka Lodge
Huka Lodge
5 out of 5
271 Huka Falls Road, Wairakei
The price is AU$2,899 per night from 3 Feb. to 4 Feb.
Huka Lodge
Silver Fern Lodge
Silver Fern Lodge
2.5 out of 5
118 Tamamutu Street, Taupo
The price is AU$93 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.
Silver Fern Lodge
Suncourt Hotel & Conference Centre
Suncourt Hotel & Conference Centre
4 out of 5
14 Northcroft Street, Taupo
The price is AU$199 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.
Suncourt Hotel & Conference Centre
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2 Bedroom Cottage near Huka Falls
2 Bedroom Cottage near Huka Falls
3 out of 5
56 Huka Falls Road, Rangatira Park, Taupo
2 Bedroom Cottage near Huka Falls
Le Chalet Suisse Motel Apartments
Le Chalet Suisse Motel Apartments
4 out of 5
3 Titiraupenga Street, Taupo, Waikato
The price is AU$148 per night from 13 Feb. to 14 Feb.
Le Chalet Suisse Motel Apartments
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