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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 50 things to do in Taupo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Caverns & caves, Geologic formations, Hot springs & geysers, Historic walking areas, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave is a stunning geothermal attraction located off the beaten...
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Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Caverns & caves, Geologic formations, Hot springs & geysers, Historic walking areas, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
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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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15 reviews 15 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

We spent 2 hours there and were really impressed with the extensive boardwalk. The native bush was beautiful and some iof the cours were amazing.

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Douglas, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Orakei Korako is a bit out of the way but it is well worth taking the detour to visit it as, in my opinion, it is the best thermal park in the area. Its relative isolation also makes it less crowded than alternatves such as Waiotapu. The site is a huge volcanic terrace which you access by a short boat... More 

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Frome, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

A little pricey, but well organised and stunning scenery. Very friendly boatmen. Sheer peace and quiet!

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Napa Valley, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed the Hidden Valley and were able to experience the thermal cascades, springs , geysers without hundreds of other people - the tracks were well presented, lots of information about local flora and fauna - and were able to explore at a leisurely pace.

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Connecticut
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41 reviews 41 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Spent couple hours on a beautiful February day hiking through the thermal park. This is an impressive thermal springs site, and the excellent wood walkway enabled one to see the various features of the park from many different viewpoints. Just an excellent layout.

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Spruce Grove, Alberta
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Really enjoyed being close to the amazing thermal sights...not for the unfit....there are many wooden steps up and down...so watch your step!

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Cornelius, North Carolina
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103 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

2.6k distance with lots of steps, but well worth it. Nice little ferry ride to start the tour. And the ferry is on demand. Virtually no wait, for more people or set time. Ferry goes as soon as you want to cross. The tour also has a lot of variety, thermal ponds, geysers, caves and well identified plant life. Great... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Thermal parks are always interesting, but if you have been to Yellowstone, this won't impress you much. Still worth a look.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This thermal park is magnificent and well worth a visit. It is definitely one of the best thermal parks in the region. Beware though if you are mobility impaired as there are a lot of steps and my legs suffered the next day. Walkways are well maintained and well signposted. Fantastic sights. It is on the expensive side though. Free... More 

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

Hi Jan, Thank you for visiting us, we're glad you found our thermal park magnificent. Thank you for reminding our potential visitors that the walk has a 'medium' difficulty rating' but can be completed by most people. We're glad you made it around to enjoy it all. Hopefully you got to soothe your legs with a well earned soak in... More 

Halifax, Canada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We made an unplanned visit to this amazing thermal park. What a great stop on our drive from Hahei to Taupo. The geysers were very impressive. It was great to walk throughout the well maintained park without a guide. The staff was helpful and friendly and the bathrooms were clean. Our boys (aged 5&9) had a great time and loved... More 

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