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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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Loved this place because the group of us never seen this before in our lives. This is definitely a hidden valley, we followed the road signs and not the GPS and reached that place... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Loved this place because the group of us never seen this before in our lives. This is definitely a hidden valley, we followed the road signs and not the GPS and reached that place after a few detours. When we reach there it was almost tea time but sadly the cafe could have more choices. It was raining at the... More 

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Geelong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

We drove from Rotorua to Orakei Korako, well worth the drive. We had seen some of the more commercial geothermal parks on other visits but the feel here was natural and peaceful. Incredibly well constructed boardwalks and steps and information to read on the way, takes about 1 1/2 hours to leisurely look around. The cave is more spectacular than... More 

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Wairarapa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

We recently spent a few days in Taupo and took our son here as a treat. We had been in the past and found it one of the better thermal attractions in the Taupo area. We were the first guests to arrive in the morning and didn't have to wait long for our boat ride across and they were waiting... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to submit a review, your comments are very much appreciated, yes we too are disappointed access to the Cave pool is no longer, but as stated the safety of our guests is paramount. Happy Holiday More 

Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Pleasant our walk. But our initial enthusiasm was dampened by the disinterested & jaded staff, they could have been more welcoming after our long drive in. Still the 2.5km walk was an eye opener since the area is still an active volcanic zone. Closest you can safely view an active geothermal spot. Their male toilet was dirty & the toilet... More 

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

Thank you for submitting your review, I am very sorry to hear you thought staff were disinterested, as our staff receive many favourable comments from guests regarding their friendliness and helpfulness, so I do apologize if this was the case. Our bathroom facilities are second to none when it comes to cleanliness, they are checked and cleaned periodically during the... More 

Auckland
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Wear comfortable foot wear as there are lots of stairs but the view is well worth the walk. Great time to go is out of season as you can go at your own pace.

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Taree, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This was so great! It's a short ferry ride then a self guided tour around incredible geothermal formations, it is fascinating. The cave was surreal, so quiet and peaceful. The area is very active, with erupting boiling water and bubbling streams. The mud pool is pretty awesome too. I would do this again, it is so worth the trip out... More 

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Wanganui, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

30 minutes out of Taupo, this is one of the best thermal areas we've seen. A 2 minute trip over the lake by boat to the landing at the bottom of the terraces. There are a lot of steps both up and down on the extensive boardwalk around the reserve. A reasonable level of fitness is required. You'll see wonderful... More 

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Springbrook, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Orakei is an excellent place to visit to see colourful thermal activity, the walk for us was fairly easy to do , there is quiet a few stairs involved though, and you get a short boat ride across a lake to the site

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

After 2 days trying to make it here, we finally did and so glad we made the effort. Don't be fooled by the opening hours. It says open till 4pm but that's the time the last boat leaves to take you to the other side of the island (only a 2 min ride). Came in the morning at 8:30 am... More 

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

Thanks for your review, we're pleased you enjoyed it! A point of note for anyone looking at this review, the entry fee for an adult is actually $36. We've also got a 10% discount offer running at the moment for any bookings made through the website. More 

Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

The white terraces remind me of glaciers but are in fact silica terraces created by the geothermal activity in the area. Sulphur steams still arise from the crater like crevices in the ground. Bubbling streams remind you that the area is still very much active.

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Address: 494 Orakei Korako Road | Rd 2, Reporoa, Taupo, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7-378 3131
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Taupo District  >  Taupo
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

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