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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 26 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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Newcastle, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW 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 NEW

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

Auckland New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

After a visit a very very long time ago I have been sending friends here for years. This was my first trip back after such a long time and the attraction is just as wonderful as before. They have all new buildings plus a nice cafe but sadly the camp ground they used to include has been removed, apparently a... 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 Jolyon39. Thanks so much for the wonderful review, and it's great to hear you found your recent visit to Orakei Korako to be "just as wonderful" as your last visit many years ago! We're stoked to know you were impressed with the new Visitor Centre and Mudcake Café, and that you've been recommending The Hidden Valley to friends.... More

Carmarthenshire, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Having lived a while in Taupo I tried to experince as much as I could of the geothermal area surrounding me. And this is the best! From the warm welcome I received from staff around the park to the mesmerizing geysers, spluttering and boiling mudpools and the wildlife wandering around in their natural habitat. The loos are awesome too -... More

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Carcans, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

If you want to enjoy geothermal features far from the crowd, this is it. The day we went, we had the park for us alone ! Despite the price maybe a little too high, it was incredible. Arriving there by boat is the only way, and it makes ot already good ! The colours are splendid, the walk is great... More

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Manawatu-Wanganui Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Well burning hot water, dangerous whitewashed volcanic land, bubbling cauldrons... welcome to the most fearsome landscape you will ever witness (all from the safety of a well designed wooden path). The place was beautiful, interesting and unique and my partner and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was also a pretty good walk so it was great for walking off those... More

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