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Craters of the Moon is a thermal area located just outside the township of Taupo Access to the reserve is on the opposite side of the entrance to the more popular Huka Falls off State Highway 1. This thermal park is part of Wairakei which is the the largest geothermal field in the country and is part of the greater Taupo Volcanic Zone.
The area has brightly coloured craters, boiling water, bubbling mud pools, and steam vents that shroud the area in steam. On a cloudy day, steam and low cloud mix to give otherworldly appearance.