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Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park

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494 Orakeikorako Road, 3083, New Zealand
+64 7-378 3131
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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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494 Orakeikorako Road, 3083, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday

This park was well worth a visit. It seems a little bit out the way, but the scenery on the drive to get there was amazing and it was so worth the drive. It was a great way to see so many different kinds of...More

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OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks for your review! Yes, it's not in town and sites between Rotorua and Taupo so it's not that far from either place and a short detour if you're travelling between them. As you point out it's a beautiful drive too and the park has...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Accessed by boat this park has some amazing features (Geysers, Bubbling mud etc) and features a large Silica terrace which extends under the lake. The place is beautiful.

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OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks for your review John. Yes, the silica terrace is amazing and the largest in New Zealand! Enjoy the rest of your trip and a safe journey back to the UK.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

We arrived at Orakei Korako Thermal Park at around 9:30am and were suprised to be the only ones there. You catch a boat across the lake and are greeted by some of the best and most interesting geothermal activity in the area. The silica terraces...More

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OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks for your lovely review Krissi! Yes, you can often find yourself alone in the park, even when it's busy, as the boardwalks and tracks meander around the natural contours of the land, geothermal features and through the native bush. There's nothing quite like a...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed this great area of thermal activity. A short (3 minute) boat ride takes you to a lovely area with well marked paths that wind through this interesting spot, with bubbling mud pools, coloured terraces, steam vents. It requires a degree of fitness but...More

Thank LKay54
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OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks for your lovely review. Yes, the boardwalks have many sets of stairs as they follow the natural contour of the hill on which the silica terraces sit. We've put benches in at various places so one can stop for a breather and enjoy the...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Rocked up here on Christmas Day from Taupo because it's one of the few attractions in the area that were open on the holiday. We arrived shortly after opening and I'm so glad we did. As we were finishing up exploring groves of people were...More

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OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks for your lovely review. Yes, we are open every single day of the year including Christmas day.The park actually has 23 active geysers (more than any other NZ park) and they all go off to their own timetables which change over time. There is...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

As so many others have commented. We had done the usual geothermals in Rotorua and were wondering if this was doubling up and/or worth the time and money. DEFINATELY do this. It is so different, so colourful, peaceful and just yes. It wasn't busy with...More

Thank Megan H
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OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks for your lovely review Mega, we are glad you enjoyed it. Yes, you just can't capture the beauty of the park in a photo, you really have to see it yourself! We signpost all the native flora and many people have commented on how...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We have never experienced a natural, other-worldly experience as we did among the geo thermal pools, geysers, rainbow colored silica terraces, boiling pools and much more at Orakei Korako. It is amazing to see the earth as it was 8000 to 12000 years BCE. This...More

Thank Dennis W
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is awesome! I had no interest in going to Rotorua but am so glad to have stopped here. The park is lovely and very natural. Its well marked with useful information on the park and flora. Well worth the drive.More

Thank Keeda
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OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review Keeda. Yes, we built the boardwalks, benches and signposts with a view to minimise the impact on the natural vista and keep it as natural as possible. Lots of our reviewers comment on how much nicer it is to see...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This park is very special, as you can only enter it by boat. The park itself is very divers, lots of beautiful spots and places, views. We visited the park during a heavy rainfall, so we were soaked! But still we had a great time,...More

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OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your review Jeroen. The park can be quite different during rainfall and even more spectacular with a lot more steam evaporating making it even more atmospheric so it is a great place to visit even when it is raining. Of course, good waterproofs...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The first time I went to New Zealand, we explored the thermal area in Rotorua. It was very touristic and crowded there, so when I came to the Taupo area again just recently I decided to try the Orakei Korako area instead. Good decision! You...More

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OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your review Wolf. The park actually has 23 active geysers (more than any other NZ geothermal park) which go off according to their own timetable. Like you have, many people comment on how nice it is to find yourself alone at Orakei Korako...More

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2k-raspberry
March 19, 2018|
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Response from poopshooter | Reviewed this property |
Not as strong as Rotorua but yes there is a lingering smell. Something you can't escape at their geothermal parks.
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Helena K
January 19, 2018|
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Response from 8Sandown | Reviewed this property |
You will struggle to get around the park in 30mins. However they check the number of visitors entering the park and then again on the return boat journey. Best advise try to get there earlier if possible. A must see place... More
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Raluca G
September 27, 2017|
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Response from BrandyZhao | Reviewed this property |
Hi I do not think this park offers picku-up return service from Taupo. My family went to Taupo in last June from Wellington by Intercity Bus. We do not drive. I also did research before we left but there are no any buses or... More
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