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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 .

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