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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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A good place to see a thermal area without the crowds

This place seemed a little expensive when we arrived and realized that the only way to get to the thermal area was by boat across the lake. However, the visit was worth it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
DavidandJean69
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Kent, Ohio USA.

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Kent, Ohio USA.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This place seemed a little expensive when we arrived and realized that the only way to get to the thermal area was by boat across the lake. However, the visit was worth it, especially the fact that we were virtually the only people touring the place. If you are looking for a place to see an interesting thermal area and... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We did this on the spur of the moment and so glad that we did. It's a bit off the beaten track (although fully paved roads so maybe not that far off the beaten track!). So worth the effort. Easy parking, great coffee while we were waiting for the ferry to take us across the river to the thermal springs... More 

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

Thanks for your wonderful review. We do indeed try our best to maintain the park with as little impact to the natural environment as possible, we consider it our responsibility. Yes, seeing a geyser go off all on its own is exciting and catches you off guard and we've got 23 active geysers at Orakei Korako! It can certainly be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is special and a high quality destination in every way. Tucked into a Hidden Valley, it felt more pristine and preserved than some other sites and we felt lucky to visit. You can't see much from the visitor centre but once you cross the lake, its spectacular and varied geothermal sites are revealed and you're in for a... More 

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

Thanks for your wonderful review, we are delighted that you enjoyed it so much. Personally, I think the view of the silica terraces across the river from the cafe and visitor centre is pretty awesome although as you say, there's much more to see once you have taken the short ferry trip across the river. More 

Woodville, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was part of the Rotorua I-site famil 2016. This was one of our attractions. We travelled by jet boat and then ferry to the park. It was absolutely breathtaking. A must see for all ages.

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

Thanks for your review, we are delighted you enjoyed your experience. Getting the jet boat to Orakei Korako is a popular option and can be done from either Rotorua or Taupo through New Zealand Riverjet. This is a great way to experience the geothermal park and a thrilling jet boat ride with great views along the Waikato, especially if you... More 

Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amazing geological formations. A huge variety of things to see and learn about the natural environment. Easy walking on clearly marked paths. Seems to be off the beaten track for the tour buses so no crowds (in the middle of winter). Bought my ticket at the Taupo I-site visitor's center for $32.40 ($36 if you buy it there).

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

Thanks for your review, we are delighted to hear you enjoyed your trip. Yes, it's a little off the beaten track (it's an easy, scenic drive from Rotorua and Taupo) and coupled with the fact that the tracks wind around the geological formations (such as the silica terraces, geysers, mud pools) and around the hills it's very easy to find... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Orakei Korako is definitely a geothermal wonderland full of spectacular sites. A ferry took us from the cafe to the other side of Lake Ohakuri where we began our walk. Throughout we found multiple lookout points that allowed us to take in really stunning views. I went while it was lightly raining, however this only made the geyser points steamy,... More 

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

Thanks for your review Jen, we are delighted to hear that your walk was so good and yes, a light rain can make the place look quite different! We are pleased you enjoyed the chocolate mud cake too, the views of the silica terraces across the river make the cafe a great place to enjoy a drink or snack from... More 

Hamilton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As apart of a Rotorua iSITE famil we had the pleasure of exploring this truly beautiful Thermal Walk and trying out their delightful cafe (my recommendation, if you have a sweet tooth like me ask for the chocolate tarts they are amazing) where you can have lunch with an amazing view. Situated along the mighty Waikato River this hidden gem... More 

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

Thanks for your review Robyn. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your trip and the cafe too - that's the second review today recommending the desserts! More 

Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is most wondrous. The entry price is reasonable and you get taken across Lake Ohakuri on a ferry. It is quite a walk to go all around well maintained paths, steps and boardwalks but well worth the effort. There is a nice café and deck for lunch or a snack. We went to many thermal areas and we... More 

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

Thanks for your review, we are delighted to hear you enjoyed it so much and are always very proud when we hear it said that Orakei Korako is the best geothermal attraction out there. Enjoy the rest of your trip! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Amazing Give yourself an hour or 1.5 hours to have a good walk around the geothermal island and take in the beautiful sights. The food at the cafe is delicious. The staff are friendly. Highly recommended. Ideal for parents and children.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited this place for the Rotorua famil and I absolutely loved it. Situated out from the hustle and bustle of Rotorua town centre in this beautiful country, based on the Waikato river. The ferry driver Richard was great! friendly and knowledgeable. The Orakei walk is well sign posted and is a must do for people wanting to see geothermal... More 

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

Thanks for your review Blake, we're delighted to hear you loved it. More 

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