Craters of the Moon is open 364 days of the year (closed Christmas Day)

Opening Hours 

According to New Zealand government guidelines, we will be closed until Covid-19 threat has passed.


Adult - $8.00 per person

Child - $4.00 per child (5 to 15)

Under 5 years - Free

Family - $20 per family

(2 adults & maximum of 4 children)

Craters of the Moon is now a smokefree and vapefree site.




The Craters of the Moon Trust was formed at the instigation of Jeremy Nash in 1991 with the

objective of protecting local visitors and tourists against theft and vandalism which plagued the Department of Conservation facilities in the Wairakei Tourist Park at that time. The Craters operation started out in a second-hand caravan. 


Over time the original Department of Conservation facility has been gradually developed into the visitor kiosk that is present today.  The visitor kiosk at Craters is an eco-friendly off-grid energy user, with geothermal floor heating and an electricity supply provided by solar photovoltaic cells.

The Craters operation was so successful that in 2002 the Department of Conservation asked the Trust to take over management of the Huka Falls carpark and associated facilities. 


The Trust is dedicated to providing a safe and informative experience to all visitors at both of these sites.


In 2015, after 24 years of continuous involvement as chairman of the Trust, Jeremy Nash retired.

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.



The Craters of the Moon Trust is again calling for funding applications from qualifying organisations.

The Trust is a registered charity and has been making grants to community causes for more than 25 years.

The Trust’s objective in managing both Huka Falls and Craters of the Moon sites is to reinvest monies surplus to our operating expenses back into the Taupo community via any programme, service or structure that:

  • Promotes public safety and security for local residents and visitors to the district.

  • Furthers or improves community facilities within the Taupō District

  • Furthers or improves community well-being within the Taupō District

  • All applicant organisations must be based within the Taupō District Council boundary.

  • Applicants must be either an incorporated society, a formally constituted organisation, charitable body recognised by the IRD and/or the Charities Commission, registered or formally constituted sports club or affiliated to a national body, or a recognised educational institution such as a kindergarten, school or kohanga reo.

Application forms and conditions can be downloaded here otherwise you can email the Manager at or phone 0274 965 131.

Applications close on the 10th April 2020.

This may still be subject to change depending on the Covid-19 alert level at the time.

We arrived early in the morning to avoid crowds. By the time we left two hours later, it was busy. We commenced our walk and enjoyed seeing the thermal activity: steam, boiling water and mud. The paths were well signed and maintained. This walk can be done at your own pace and there are seats along the way should you need a rest. The views up the hill are also worth the walk to get there. The staff at the shop were also very welcoming and helpful, answering our questions before we went in.




171 Karapiti Road,

Wairakei Park, 

Taupo 3377

+64 276 564 684


From the North
When approaching from the north, at the ETA roundabout at State Highway 1 & 5, take the Wairakei Park exit and travel along Wairakei Drive. On your right, soon after the Wairakei International Golf Course you will see the sign to Craters of the Moon. 
Take care when turning right across the highway into Karapiti Road. Travel 1.7 km to the road end to arrive at the carpark of Craters of the Moon geothermal walk.

From the South (Taupo town centre)
When approaching from the south, travel 5.5 km north from the Taupo iSite along Wairakei Drive. 
Turn left onto Karapiti Road. Travel 1.7 km to the road end to arrive at the carpark of Craters of the Moon geothermal walk.


Craters of the Moon is open 364 days per year (closed Christmas Day)

Opening Hours 

According to New Zealand government guidelines, we will be closed until Covid-19 threat has passed.



+64 276 564 684


Linda Symons: 0274965131



Craters of the Moon Trust,

PO Box 18,

Taupo 3351

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