In the late 1980’s the Department of Conservation was managing Craters of the Moon and then in 1991, the Craters of the Moon Trust was formed 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 however, has now grown 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, an electricity supply provided by solar photovoltaic cells, and water supplied by tanks onsite.
Thermal activity is very common in New Zealand because we lie on the edge of two colliding tectonic plates, the Pacific and the Indo-Australian Plates. The Pacific Plate is pushed downward beneath the North Island and the deeper it goes, the hotter it gets! Craters of the Moon is still a live and expanding geothermal area. You will experience steam vents and craters that are continuously slowly forming and changing as under ground steam finds new passages to the surface. You never know, it may look very different on your next visit.