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Craters of the Moon is a thermal reserve located 10 minutes north by car from 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. Craters of the Moon is part of Wairakei which is the the largest geothermal field in the country and forms part of the greater Taupo Volcanic Zone.
Inside the reserve there are brightly coloured craters, boiling water, bubbling mud pools, and hissing vents that shroud the area in steam. On a cloudy day, steam and low cloud mix to give an otherworldly appearance.
Many specially adapted shrubs and other small plants grow in this extreme environment. Boardwalks and paths weave between the vegetation and volcanic attractions and help protect this fragile environment. The walk also protects visitors from wandering off into dangerous areas and is also wheelchair friendly.