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Address: 494 Orakeikorako Road, 3083, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7-378 3131
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave is a stunning geothermal...

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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Two hour visit on way to Roturua from Napier

We were surprised to discover this was a privately owned thermal spring, so you have to pay $32 per adult to visit. It was well worth the money however. The drive off of route 1... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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branford
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We were surprised to discover this was a privately owned thermal spring, so you have to pay $32 per adult to visit. It was well worth the money however. The drive off of route 1 was gorgeous itself very dramatic and yet bucolic countryside, about 15 minutes to get there. You take a ferry ride across the river( which feels... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Off the beaten track. Hidden in a beautiful valley. Great thermal walk across the amazing lake. You need to get on the little boat shuttle to get there but it makes it even better. This is for sure one of my favourite thermal walks in the area.

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Friendly staff, fun boatride across lake, well sign posted information on self-guided walk. Have been twice now and still amazing to see what mother earth throws out at us!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place to go if you are in Taupo. Amazing views. Interesting set up of the mud pools and therms. A little bit far away so you need a car.

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Amherst
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fabulous site that has well maintained boardwalks and trails. There was a large variety of thermal features. Terraces, geysers, and bubbling mud. The kids (3&6) were looking for dragons with all the steam and there was even a special thermal cave (one of only two in the world). Even the ride to the thermal area across the lake to the... More 

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a beautiful place Orakei Korako is! Such a stunning and colourful landscape, which was so peaceful and quiet during our visit, we felt like the the only visitors there. The track that circles around the varying geothermal features is easy going (a few steps to climb here and here) and very well maintained throughout. There are information boards at... More 

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Mooloolaba, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just go! It's just the most marvellous set up to view an aspect of geothermal activity, and it is active! Peaceful, enchanting, exciting, historical, educational. Loved every minute of this special gem. Just go.

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

What a lovely review, thank you very much! I'm wondering if you picked up a copy of the Orakei Korako book or if it was the signs dotted all over the place that you found educational. The signs provide a lot about the formations and flora of the place. The book written by Bridget Smith, a research scientist in the... More 

Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are lots of places to see the geothermal wonders, but several locals recommended this one as it was not overpriced and is in a more natural setting. We really enjoyed it as it was not overrun by tourist. It is nice because they drive you across the lake in a little boat (it used to be a dug out... More 

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

Thank you for your review Jules. Yes, the cave is one of only two known geothermal caves in the world and the silica terraces are the largest in the world. We've also got 23 active geysers (more than any other park in NZ) which go off on their own natural schedule. Enjoy the rest of your trip and safe travels... More 

Witham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Truly brilliant park had a great trip. Boat over to the thermal lakes and then walked about. Quite surreal and like nothing else on earth

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Thank Graham P
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a highlight of our trip. The whole area is extremely well maintained with excellent boardwalks and informative signage. This attraction can be enjoyed at your own pace and is very tranquil. The staff were very friendly and helpful and help make this a memorable visit.

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

Thank you so much for your review, we are delighted that your visit to Orakei Korako was the highlight of your trip. More 

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