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Orakei Korako Cave and Thermal Park (The Hidden Valley)

494 Orakei Korako Road | Rd 2, Reporoa, Taupo, New Zealand
+64 (0) 7 378 31 31
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Ranked #1 of 24 attractions in Taupo
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Caverns/ Caves, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Geologic Formations, Hot Springs/ Geysers
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Dublin, Ireland
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125 reviews 125 reviews
58 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Between the GPS and the road signs (not giving us right info) we were totally lost as to where we were going. Kept telling us only 5k to go. In the end gave up on it.

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East Midlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Short trip across the lake to get there, quite a few steps if not too fit. Interesting formations but one or two of the names a bit fanciful.

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Taupo, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Nice trip across the river and a pleasant walk around the geothermal park. Lots of opportunities for great photos

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Really enjoyed the guided tour and had a blast with the kids on the interactive walk. Managed to catch a couple of prawns and have a foot spa - too cool!!

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Kailua, Hawaii
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

This natural wonder has been excellently maintained and expanded since our first visit in '91. Thermal springs and bubbling mud amid a colorful sulphur landscape are connected by a boardwalk which makes it easy to access. Each view and many plants are identified with easy to read signage. And as a bonus, the sulphur smell is not very strong!

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

A great place to visit. If you only want one thermal park to visit then pick this one. A quick ferry ride across the river and you are own your own to walk the well marked tracks. Plenty of variety in terms of mud pools, hot water pools and geysers but the star attraction has to be the cave. Heed... More

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OrakeiKorako, Public Relations Manager at Orakei Korako Cave and Thermal Park (The Hidden Valley), responded to this review

Thank you for your excellent review of the hidden valley. The Ruatapu Cave extends 35 metres down to the pool of mirrors (Waiwhakaata) at the bottom. Access to the pool is now prohibited but the viewing platform provides a safe location for enjoying the view. More

Sydney
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

This is a fantastic, thermal park with wonderful scenery and natural thermal areas. The boat trip across is a great extra. Unfortunately the information I received from the staff on booking the tour was inaccurate. I was told there were hardly any steps and it was mobility friendly. My husband has lung problems and found it very challenging. Being in... More

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OrakeiKorako, Public Relations Manager at Orakei Korako Cave and Thermal Park (The Hidden Valley), responded to this review

Thank you for your review, we're pleased you enjoyed your visit. Our website describes the walk as a medium difficult rating with several steps and it is not suitable for wheelchairs or strollers. Our staff are of course fully aware of this so we can only presume this was the advice you were given by a booking agent. The toilet... More

Perth WA
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54 reviews 54 reviews
25 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

We stopped in here to have a look at the natural thermal area. We boarded the little boat and crossed the lake to discover the amazing phenomena ahead of us. As we walked up the pathway there were many geysers to watch. Some were bubbling below the surface, constantly, others would fire up for a few minutes then settle back... More

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Torquay, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Ever wondered what the Earth looked in prehistoric times? A visit here will give you a glimpse! Spectacular ,easy to get to and easy to get around. We'll worth a visit.

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welington, new zealand
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6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Wonderful facilities and well worth the drive. Excellent half day trip from Rotorua or Taupo. The terraces are natural, the pathways are well signed and maintained and the new facilities are excellent.

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