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Orakei Korako Cave and Thermal Park (The Hidden Valley)

494 Orakei Korako Road | Rd 2, Reporoa, Taupo, New Zealand
+64 7-378 3131
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Ranked #1 of 30 Attractions in Taupo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Geologic Formations, Hot Springs/ Geysers, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Outdoors
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Owner description: 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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Geneva, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

We had a very good time visiting this nice geothermal area. Some of the spots are really superbs, although maybe not as spectacular as others in the area, and the whole park is in a wonderful (although relatively remote) location. The place is well maintained and explanations are reasonably informative. The entry price is nevertheless exaggerated, even in the context... 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 JMGeneva Thank you for taking the time to provide a review. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit, and that the park put on a good show for you. With regard to the entrance fee, this is a fair reflection of the cost of maintaining an attraction of this nature and quality. When you take into account the costs... More

Melbourne, Australia
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4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

This wonderful thermal area is off the beaten track, so it's not as crowded as the places closer to Rotorua. It is, however, definitely worth the detour. Catching a boat across Lake Ohakuri to get to it adds to the sense of adventure. The silica terraces are spectacular - walking around here makes you feel like you are on another... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

We found it almost as amazing as the other more popular places but this one is more remote and off the beaten track hence you really feel alone in the valley like you're at the end of the world. You need to take a short boat ride to cross the river to start the walk - it's an easy 1... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

It's off the beaten track, not the friendliest staff, expensive, walk at your own pace, very little knowledge learnt, didn't see any geysers... I'd try somewhere else next time.

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

Hi Twiggster26. Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. I am really sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy your time with us. We try to provide a great experience for our visitors and hopefully we usually succeed. Many of our visitors particularly enjoy the fact that Orakei Korako is a little 'off the beaten track' (25... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

The Orakei Korako Thermal park is simply beautiful. You get close to geysers, mud pools and a generally fascinating landscape shaped by all the geothermal activity. For us, this was definitely a highlight of our New Zealand trip. If you are travelling in a self-contained camper, you can stay overnight in their carpark for free (if you also purchase tickets... More

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

Hi, Thank you for your feedback. Your tip about staying overnight is a great one. The view of the park across the lake at dawn is something special. Kind regards, Chandra More

Jakarta
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

I chose to visit this place as it is ranked #1 in trip advisors. The visitor place was well maintained and the boat service is enthusiastic to send and pick up us to the scenery place. We can find a complete natural of Taupo which are crater, thermal, geyser and cave in this place. Unfortunately I could not see the... More

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

We kind of stumbled across this little gem and had the most amazing few hours! This place is a photographer's paradise. We did have perfect conditions and light and I could hardly believe our luck having found this. An absolute must, even if you are not lucky enough to see the geyser spout off.

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

Hi, Thank you for that feedback. You certainly can get some awesome photos while exploring the park. The colours change with the light and activity can change day to day. We look forward to seeing you again on your next trip to the area! Kind regards, Chandra More

Hobart, Australia
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4 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

It was a little expensive. There is not much happening there - there is steam and some bubbling water (very little amount) and a small amount of bubbling mud. The artists pallet was the reason we went there (it was described to us very colourful) but alas there was some yellow in a corner and the rest was grey. It... 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. It is always great to get feedback and find out if we are doing things right. As you probably realise, geothermal areas are in a constant state of flux, and the amount and nature of geothermal activity can change dramatically from day to day. Many visitors who return to Orakei Korako are surprised at how... More

Toronto, Canada
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5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014 via mobile

This a little off the highway but well worth the short drive. It is a hidden gem as far as we could see. Definitely quieter with fewer groups of tourists it gave us a chance to enjoy the walk and to feel we had it 'all to ourselves'. The cafe onsite has very reasonably priced selections of snacks and sandwiches...and... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

So different and amazing scenery. We travelled into the park on a boat with NZ rapid tours which gave us thrills on the way back!

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

Hi, Glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit. Arriving by boat or float plane certainly does make it a great day! Kind regards, Chandra More

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