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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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Gleniffer
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91 reviews 91 reviews
49 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

If you've taken in the coloured pools, the steam and the boiling mud, this place is the best to see natural geysers. You arrive at a little teahouse with a small ferry boat, which carries you across the Waikato to a huge tongue of silica which spills into the edge of the river. The well-signposted walkways carry you around the... More

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Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Well worth the trip there, not too far from Taupo, road good and suitable for motorhomes as there is now a large flat parking area. The hour plus walk is great and well worth doing.

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Napier, New Zealand
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This is a natural wonderland. I am a kiwi, so I have seen sights like this before, but the area this is in is beautiful. If you have a walking disability or no good with steps, then this place will not be for you. There is a wooden path right round the area, but lots and lots of steps. If... More

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Mildura, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We enjoyed being able to wander around this park at our own leisure. There were some amazing thermal pools and lots of little geysers that constantly let off steam. It was easy to walk around, with a number of seats to rest if needed. A few uphill sections led to very worthwhile scenes. The only negative - very expensive for... More

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

Hi Wendy. Thanks so much for taking the time share your experiences of Orakei Korako, and and it's great to know you enjoyed your time in The Hidden Valley so much. We're stoked to hear that you and your family found the thermal pools and constantly active geysers "amazing", and the walk around the geothermal field to be easy, with... More

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I did the foot-track right around the circuit and enjoyed the thermal sights. The awesome power unleashed from underground was on-going.

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Wilmington, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

During our two-week visit to New Zealand, this was our first "volcanic" exoerience as we entered the region around Rotorua. It is a bit off the beaten path and is a bit pricey, but if it is in your budget, it is VERY worth the cost and effort! They have done a magnificent job of developing the infra-structure to explore... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This is one of the key highlight during our visit to New Zealand. The self-guided track meant that we could take our time to appreciate what we see without feeling rushed. The boat ride does not adhere to schedule which was great too as we can take our time to get to and from the valley. We really enjoyed our... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 via mobile

Talk a walk around the geothermal park to get up close with geysers, mud pools and geothermal flows. You get so close you can feel the heat from the steam! Best geothermal park I've been to.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

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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