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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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Second time to this attraction - took our grandkids - aged 7 and 9 - they were both very interested in all the things happening. This is a great place to go - get there early as... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

Second time to this attraction - took our grandkids - aged 7 and 9 - they were both very interested in all the things happening. This is a great place to go - get there early as hardly anybody there until a bit later. A bit off the beaten trip and seems to take ages to arrive, but well worth... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

A short boat ride takes guests to this wonderland of thermal activity. Get up close to some of nature's astounding displays. Beautiful scenery. The terraces are unique to this one location and give tourists an idea of what the famous Pink and White Terraces must have looked like before they were destroyed by an eruption some 100 years ago.

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Berrima, Australia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Amazing sights although it is a fair walk, take water - even though the day was cool, the place is hot & there is alot of walking upwards.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

It is a good place. it is highly active geo thermal area. but when i went their it was raining so may be i felt it is not worth the money.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Taupo and Rotorua have lots of thermal areas. This is one of the better ones. Away from the towns and main tourist area. there is a boat trip across the river to get to the thermal area which has mud pools, boiling mud, geysers, boiling water etc. there are some steps and slight climbs to walk the whole area. mostly... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015 via mobile

Halfway between Rotorua and Taupo, I am glad we made the drive from Rotorua. The staff was friendly and hospitable. It was quiet without tourist buses and we could take our time at the individual areas. As mentioned in other posts, the walk, while not wheelchair accessible was walkable by two in our party with knee problems.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015 via mobile

We walked through this ancient and spiritual path on mostly raised walk ways after a short boat ride. It's to bad this river has been dammed and covers up a lot of the silicate the pictures in the lodge were awesome to see. Thank to the staff for their wonderful hospitality!

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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 taking the time to write your review and for sharing your photos. We're glad you enjoyed your visit and the photos of how Orakei Korako used to look - we might put some of these photos up on our website as they are quite interesting. Enjoy the rest of your travels The Orakei Korako Team More 

Geelong, Australia
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Found this thermal park almost by accident as it doesn't seem to be advertised as much as the Rotorua parks but it certainly holds it own against the more touristic parks. Just north of Taupo roughly midway between highways 1 and 5, a little out of the way but good roads and no tourist coaches. A big carpark next to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

I have been spending a week going around the thermal hot spots - Volcanic Valley, The Whaka, Te Puia, Wai-oTapu - but this beats them all. Just as I thought I had seen enough hot springs to last a life-time I came here. There is no huge geyser but just an extraordinary wilderness experience of a thermal area - you... More 

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Eastleigh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Also called the hidden valley as it is a little off the beaten track. There is a small gifts shop come cafe where you buy a ticket. Then you are taken to the other side of the Waikato the biggest river in NZ. The hi side looks as though it has lots of fires burning. This is in fact steam... More 

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