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Orakei Korako Cave and Thermal Park (The Hidden Valley)

Address: 494 Orakei Korako Road | Rd 2, Reporoa, Taupo, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7-378 3131
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Ranked #2 of 25 Attractions in Taupo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Geologic Formations, Hot Springs/ Geysers, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Historic Walking Areas, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave is a stunning geothermal attraction located off the beaten...
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Type: Caverns/ Caves, Geologic Formations, Hot Springs/ Geysers, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Historic Walking Areas, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
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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Wellington, New Zealand
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Well worth going to have a look at, as we were staying in Taupo was only a half hour drive, after arriving we took the ferry across the river took a gentle walk around the geysers and the mud pools amazing sights, the cave is well worth a look as well caught the ferry back and had lunch in the... More 

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King's Lynn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Easy to find and a good cafe before you catch the very short boat ride to the thermal park. Really lovely walk, approx one and a half hours, you could miss bit out if you liked, but all worth seeing. There were very few people so it was wonderful to browse in our own time and enjoy this amazing place.... More 

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Wellington
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16 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

This place is very interesting and picturesque. A great snapshot of volcanic activity including small geysers and bubbling mudpools. Also easy to envisage how impressive the famed pink and white terraces were before the Mt Tarawera eruption. It is a little pricey at $36 but found the 1-1.5 hour walk around certainly educational, interesting and peaceful (definitely not busy even... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

interesting area to explore. a good walking track but not a sunnny summer day only if you really love the summer heat. follow the advice of the staff members they are very helpful and take at least a bottle of water with you when passing with the ferry. my personal opinion is you dont really have to go to see... More 

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Templestowe
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

This was an unplanned detour on our drive to Rotorua fro Taupo. It was one of the best things we did during our trip. You catch a small ferry from the reception area to the landing dock across the river. The walk around the thermal area is about 45 mins to an hour. You are up close and personal with... More 

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Perth, Australia
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Loved it, we were the only ones there at 330 pm ... It was so peaceful, beautiful and serene. Worth the trek up to view the cave. No horrid smell, lots of beautiful flora and fauna too. Our kids loved it ...

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Castle Douglas, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Our first and only thermal park on our trip but it was lovely. At times it was like we were the only people there. The park is well thought out and planned, so glad we went.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

We all enjoyed our visit here, but did think the price was expensive for our family of four. It would have been good to have been given a map so we could see where we had been/had to still go. Facilities were spotless.

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Bowral, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Expensive but with a ferry ride to start, lots of bubbling, steaming and gushing things to see, we enjoyed our visit. Less smelly than wai-o-tapu and less crowded. Kids enjoyed an ice cream after the heat and the big walk.

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Nz
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Have visited this spot on several occasions. Travelled with a group of motorbike enthusiasts Spent the weekend relaxing in the lodge. We catered (food wise) for ourselves. Taupo is just a few kilometers away for dining if you wish. Tours are available across the lake to the thermal area. Ideal for campervans.

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