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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 27 attractions in Taupo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Caverns/ Caves, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Geologic Formations, Hot Springs/ Geysers
Owner description: Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave is a stunning geothermal attraction located off the beaten track between Taupo and Rotorua. Described by the... more » 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. « less
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

There is much made of geothermal terraces lost to volcanic eruption in Rotorua, but Orakei Korako has them still and they are beautiful. A short boat ride from the visitor centre takes you to a boarded walkway from which these wonderful phenomena can be appreciated. Recommended.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Incredible place, with hot springs and pools, geysers and mud pools. Absolutely amazing! We spent around 2 hours there, walking around and waiting for the geyser. It was so much fun! Hey have a walk through the forest in the back, full of fern trees and other plants, it was incredible! If you are in the area, it's a must... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

$36 per person is expensive. It's a nice thermal park and the walkways are well laid out. The geysers are a bit disappointing but the mud pools are good in the winter when we visited. Having visited most of the other thermal parks in the Taupo/Rotorua area I'm still in two minds as to if I agree with the Lonely... More

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

Kia ora SBWOriginal. Thanks so much for taking the time to let us know about your experiences at Orakei Korako. It's great to hear you found The Hidden Valley an interesting place to visit, with "well laid out" walkways and good mud pools. We're sorry to hear you felt the cost of visiting us to be expensive. When you take... More

Canggu, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Nothing could have prepared me for the beauty and variety of geo-thermal activities in one site, it's hard to describe such beauty in words; but I can say that it was more than I could ever have expected! After arriving at the visitors centre and enjoying a great latte, we made our way across the Waikato river (via ferry-boat which... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 via mobile

Although I stayed in Rotorua for 4 nights before making my way down to Taupo, I hadn't seen any of the geothermal attractions there, besides the walk around the lake where you can see a few small mud pools and geysers. I had written into my itinerary a visit to Orakei Korako because I researched the area at home and... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This was our first visit to a geo thermal area and it was totally fascinating. The site is well run, well maintained, has informative signage and is well worth the entrance fee. The walk is approx. 1.5 hours, depending on how many photos you want to take and how long you want to stare and amazing thermal geology and mud... More

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Breda, The Netherlands
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

New Zealand is a splendid country with awesome wilderness and some amazing geographical features. The Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park or Hidden Valley are one of those great natural phenomena. The place is truly beautiful; especially on a sunny, winter day - like on the day I visited, the site is stunning. Seeing the scenery and the sun through... More

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

Hi JKaz87 Thank you for your extensive input. I'm glad you found Orakei Korako so beautiful. This is feedback we receive from almost all of our visitors. It's great to hear as it validates the effort we put into maintaining the attraction. You mention the cost of visiting us. I think it is important to recognise that a site like... More

Palmerston North, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Tranquil scenic and excellent value we just loved our time here. The thermal walk and the cave just enhance the experience.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Fantastic scenery, not too touristy. Impressive mud pools, craters and steam vents. Little boat ride over the river to get there adds to the other-worldly feeling.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Wow, lost in time at this lovely geothermal park. The setting is stunning, and a lovely way to spend a few hours on a crisp, sunny winter's day in New Zealand. The attraction is at the end of a beautiful country lane, and the little boat takes you on demand over to the thermal park. The boardwalks are kept pristine... More

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

Kia ora TravellingTripppers. Thanks so much for the wonderful review - we really appreciate your comments and it's great to know you rate your experiences of The Hidden Valley among the best in the North Island! We're stoked to be able to share this unique slice of New Zealand, and it's feedback such as yours that makes our jobs so... More

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