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Orakei Korako Cave and Thermal Park (The Hidden Valley)

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Address: 494 Orakei Korako Road | Rd 2, Reporoa, Taupo, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7-378 3131
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Description: Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave is a stunning geothermal attraction...
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave is a stunning geothermal attraction located off the beaten track between Taupo and Rotorua. Described by the Lonely Planet Guide as "arguably the best geothermal area left in New Zealand", Orakei Korako brings you into a world of gushing geysers, bubbling mud pools, and some of the largest and most amazing silica terraces in the world.
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Away from the crowds is a definate appeal

Bit of a drive off the main road but well signposted. Good parking, on demand ferry service then takes you across (very prompt we waited less than 5mins). We enjoyed wandering... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Bit of a drive off the main road but well signposted. Good parking, on demand ferry service then takes you across (very prompt we waited less than 5mins). We enjoyed wandering around for 1.5-2hours looking at the thermal features. About a week later we also then went to Wai-O-Tapu which did have some things I thought were better however Orakei... More 

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Longmont, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

I was a bit put off by the crowds and hokey manipulated geyser of the popular thermal features near Rotorua but pleasantly surprised by Orakei Korako. It is small but the thermal features are more accessible and the variety and colors more dramatic. The big plus is the absence of crowds!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Well maintained place with amazing geothermal features. Liked that it was off the beaten path and less crowded than other places in the area. Cute dog on the boat ride over was a nice bonus :)

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Napier, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

This is one of the places I have wanted to visit for a long time, and finally got around to visiting. The staff very friendly, and I didn't have to wait at all for the ferry short ride over (or back). The scenery on the other side was lovely, plenty to see. The smell of sulphur wasn't all that bad,... More 

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Kingston, Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

We stopped here early in our trip, having flown into Auckland Airport and travelled immediately to Rotorua. The very pleasant drive to this relatively remote location gave us our first taste of driving in the interior of North Island without too great a challenge. The ticket office, cafe and deck are on one side of Lake Ohakuri with a frequent... More 

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Longford, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This is a very interesting place to visit, my youngest didn't like the smell of sulphur. Some days it can be overpowering, others you can't smell anything. The colours a spectacular. The mud pools have diminished since the first time I saw them in the 80's

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Bendigo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We came up from Turangi and were happy to see the range of geothermal activity in one easy walk though the mud pools were not as impressive as we'd seen in a brief stop in Rotorua but the silica and rainbow deposits were impressive

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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We drove here from Whakatane. Pleasant drive in nice weather. Stpped in Rotarua where we found information on this attraction. The cafe/office was very nice. Staff very pleasant. We were quite happy with the price. Ferry was efficient and regular. The mud and hot springs are incredible! The steps are well maintained and directions very clear. We took our time... More 

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Wellington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Always a pleasure to visit. Everything in the Rotorua region has got very swish and international visitor oriented - this is no different - so the prices reflect that market.

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Las Palmas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This was the first of our Geo-Thermal visits and easily the best. We went on a rainy Monday morning and there was hardly anybody else there, so it lent more to the atmospheric feel. The walking is very well laid out and you really get the pre-historic feel of the place.

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