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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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A natural highlight

Orakei Cave and Thermal Park is a highly active geothermal area between Rotorua and Taupo. I thought the park was a highlight of New Zealand. The only quibble I have is that the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Orakei Cave and Thermal Park is a highly active geothermal area between Rotorua and Taupo. I thought the park was a highlight of New Zealand. The only quibble I have is that the staff at the counter could have been a bit more welcoming. That said, I enjoyed the park. The visit starts with a short boat ride across Lake... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

We went here as part of a jet boat adventure and spent a couple of hours looking around. I'm not sure if it's the best thermal area to visit, but it was nice. You could wonder around on your own at your own pace, and there weren't many people.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

This place is not very touristy and the colours beautiful. The price could be seen as a little expensive.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We arrived in the rain and seriously contemplated whether it was worth the $ and time to take the trip. In hindsight, the rain added to the experience - the steam stood out more and the whole place looked even more amazing!! It really is an awesome place to visit. Our only suggestion would be a little more enthusiasm and... More 

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

Kia ora, Thank you for your visit despite the weather! And for taking time to give us your feedback regarding our team's welcome. It may have just been the weather getting them down, however we aim to provide the best experience for our visitors and this type of feedback is much appreciated. All the best for your future travels. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 via mobile

The park is a fascinating place to visit. All the more so as it is a natural attraction and the landscape is out of this world. It's hard to believe that this place is real, it is quite extraordinary and well worth the visit.

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Thank you for taking the time to share your review, we're glad you found it to be a fascinating experience More 

Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

I hadn't been here for 40yrs. I was apprehensive about buying an entry then stuggling on the walk as i now use a stick. The lady on reception told me there were 625 steps and i thought there goes my opportunity to wander down memory lane. She was so kind and said ... take the boat accross and have a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We have just spent a couple of hours exploring the park. Keeping teenagers entertained is always hard but 3 kids aged 9, 16 and 17 also really enjoyed the walk. You are really close to everything here. The cafe is also very nicely situated for a cup of tea afterwards. Thanks guys!

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Really amazing display of thermal activity. Plenty to see and great scenery. Everyone should visit this thermal park.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

We spent an enjoyable 3 hours exploring the thermal park, well worth the drive from the main highway between Rotorua and Taupo. The paths are self guided and are very well maintained and signed. Lots to see from geysers and steaming hot running water, a cave and bubbling mud pool. The path takes you to good vantage points around the... More 

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

Kia ora Sharon, Thank you for your great review, we're glad you enjoyed your Orakei Korako experience. Sounds like you took the time to fully explore and take it all in. All the best for your future travels :) More 

Grimsby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

This is a much better bet than Rotarura, you can take your time wandering around the thermal springs without being harried by large crowds. totally unspoilt.

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