Video: Craters of the Moon, New Zealand by da-AL

Crater at Craters of the Moon, Taupo, New Zealand.

Nowhere is it more evident that New Zealand owes its geography to tectonic uplift and volcanic eruptions than at any of its geothermal parks. Our visit there began with Auckland and Rotorua, then the Redwoods and Huka Falls, plus Taupo and Pirongia, as well as Hamilton Gardens. (Later in Australia’s Gold Coast, we visited familyand birds of Australia Part 1 of 2 plus Part 2 of 2, then we marveled at the Spectacular Views in and Around Gold Coast, enjoyed a delicious meal on the beach, saw some wild things and cute things at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, had fun with Rita Rigby, met the beasts of Brisbane and the beauty there, and enjoyed Sydney this much and that much, as well as the purring there!

Steaming burbling craters galore behind Khashayar and da-AL at Craters of the Moon, Taupo, New Zealand.

Along our drive to Taupo, (before we’d view the Waitomo Glowworms Caves) we stopped at the aptly named Craters of the Moon.

Straying from the path isn’t advised at Craters of the Moon, Taupo, New Zealand.

Heat and steam from below percolate up to uncork land, leaving behind jagged craters, some of them huge. Visitors are told, not asked, to keep to the trails, lest they become boiled and billowed…

Do you have craters near you?

27 thoughts on “Video: Craters of the Moon, New Zealand by da-AL”

  1. Boiled and billowed – does it say that on the signs, or is that your contribution?

    Incredibly beautiful area but it does look dangerous. And despite all the heat nearby, you and hubby look cold, even bundled up. Isn’t it amazing that amid all that venting heat, green plants still grow without burning up. The end of the earth here, it seems.


  2. New Zealand seems to have it all, does it not? 🙂 What a wonderful trip you are on!

    We don’t have craters, but we do have potholes and sinkholes. 😉 (and crumbling down coastline)


  3. I also visited Yellowstone with my parents, but as a grade schooler, and remember the mud pots and thermal springs vividly. We all know the earth’s core is molten, but that’s a long way away, and it’s a very strange experience to be so near all this stuff heated by magma!
    I know that pretty recently, Chile was excited to open a geothermal electric plant, like the ones in Iceland, taking advantage of these kinds of geologic spots, but I wasn’t able to visit it, it seems like a great way to have clean power. And everybody needs to vent once in a while. 🙂

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  4. My parents, apparently, took me to Yellowstone National Park when I was but an infant and if you have been there you will know that they have some very interesting landscape due to volcanic activity. Not too long ago I saw a documentary on this part in which it says that if there were to be an eruption it would be the most devastating one ever to the North American Continent and affect the globe world wide. So, let’s hope it doesn’t happen in our lifetime. Thank you again for sharing. I have quite enjoyed your photos and visit to New Zealand as I will never be able to go there and that is where my youngest brother lives. Take care.

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    1. So sorry you won’t be able to visit, Renee. There’s plenty of places I won’t visit either, so I do enjoy when fellow bloggers take me on their armchair tours 🙂

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  5. Thank you for sharing a part of your world with your thoughts, photos and video!.. 🙂

    Until we meet again;

    May love and laughter light your days,
    and warm your heart and home.
    May good and faithful friends be yours,
    wherever you may roam.
    May peace and plenty bless your world
    with joy that long endures.
    May all life’s passing seasons
    bring the best to you and yours!
    (Irish Saying)

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