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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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"The Hidden Valley"

Active geothermal area next to Waikato River, with many geysers, hot springs and mud pools. There are 528 wide wooden steps (2.8 kms) uphill and downhill all the time, making the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Mina P
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Inverkip, United Kingdom

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Inverkip, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 214 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Active geothermal area next to Waikato River, with many geysers, hot springs and mud pools. There are 528 wide wooden steps (2.8 kms) uphill and downhill all the time, making the walking strenuous. Definitely not for people with walking problems.There is no map of the area and the signs aren't enough or don't exist at all, so you have to... More 

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branford
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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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OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this review

Thanks for your review Sue. Yes, the river often seems more like a lake but there is on average about 20 million cubic metres of water flowing past every day! A trip to Orakei Korako is a great way to break up a journey if you're going through Rotorua or Taupo, we're delighted you enjoyed your trip. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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

Thanks for your review and for visiting us again! Presumably your rating is not one star but four or hopefully five? We hope you'll come again in the future. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
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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Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks 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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OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this review

Hi Lee, thank you so much for your review, we delighted that you all enjoyed your visit. Many people comment on the lack of crowds which makes the tour somewhat nicer. With so 2.5km of boardwalks and tracks meandering around you can often find yourselves alone for a while. Sorry the dragon wasn't there, he must have been out for... More 

Rotorua, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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 5 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016 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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