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Self-Guided Geothermal Tour in Orakei Korako

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    Situated just 25 minutes north of Taupo and 45 minutes south of Rotorua nestled on the shores of Lake Ohakuri lies ‘The Hidden Valley’ of Orakei Korako Cave and Thermal Park. Orakei Korako translated means “The Place of Adorning”.

    Wander through a valley of unbelievable color, of bubbling hot springs, gushing geysers and unimaginable natural beauty preserved by its isolation from the outside world. Look down into Ruatapu Cave, one of only two geothermal Caves known to exist in the world, an experience not to be missed. 120 feet down, a thermal mirror pool is situated at the bottom.

    Access to Orakei Korako is by ferry, at no extra charge. Average sightseeing time is about 1 hour. Ferries do not run to a timetable, so you may visit the valley as soon as you arrive if you wish.

    It is open from 8am and the last boat to the thermal area leave at 4:30pm in the summer and 4pm in the winter. Free overnight Camper-van parking is available.
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    Reviewed 4 days ago

    Worth the side trip. Rated by Lonely Planet the best in NZ, Breath takingly beautiful. One hour walk strenuous but great. Colours, gurgling mud pools, hot water eruptions

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Sue D
    Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    We visited several geothermal areas during our North island trip, and this was the best one. It was interesting, colourful, well signposted, good walkways, and lots of different features to see. The boat ride only took a minute or so, and at around 9am, we...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    1  Thank Mambomeg1
    OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

    Thanks for your lovely review, we are glad to hear you enjoyed it so much! Yes, there's lots to see at Orakei Korako including 23 active geysers (more than any other NZ park), the incredible silica terraces (the largest in NZ), the Ruatapu cave (one...More

    Reviewed June 29, 2019

    This place is magical. Quick boat ride over to the park where we set off to come and find a colourful, steaming, bubbling, trail of wonders. The track is well signed and maintained taking about an hour to explore at a leisurly pace. Loved this...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank JazzM90
    OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this reviewResponded July 1, 2019

    Thanks for your review, we are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit! Yes, we try our best to add signage to everything including the local flora as well as all the geothermal activities which lots of our reviewers have said was great to see....More

    Reviewed June 3, 2019 via mobile

    Our family stopped in at Orakei Korako. The people there were so lovely. What a gorgeous spot. Absolute serenity. The geo thermal park is mind blowing. So thankful my children got to experience this. Mother Nature never fails to surprise. Definitely worth a visit.

    Date of experience: April 2019
    1  Thank Phonse-Charolette
    OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this reviewResponded June 9, 2019

    Thanks for your lovely review, we are glad to hear you enjoyed it so much!

    Reviewed June 2, 2019

    Located within the Rotorua-Taupo region of New Zealand, Orakei Korako is not as well-known as the other thermal attractions of Rotorua, but do not let that deter you. This hidden valley is the real deal. Accessible trails and boardwalks enables you to discover the geothermal...More

    Date of experience: January 2019
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    OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this reviewResponded June 3, 2019

    Thanks for you wonderful review Lorelle, we are delighted to hear you enjoyed it so much. Many of our reviewers comment on how it's like be transported to another world or back in time. I think the boat trip across the Waikato river helps too!...More

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