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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.
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good27%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“mud pools” (95 reviews)
“self guided” (28 reviews)
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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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494 Orakeikorako Road, 3083, New Zealand
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+64 7-378 3131

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This geothermal park has been kept as close as possible to nature, with only a well organised wooden walkway taking visitors through the native bush to the many natural treasures including terraces and geysers, and a rare geothermal cave hidden across a lake. There was...More

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

Thank you for your glowing review or Orakei Korako, we are glad you and your family enjoyed it so much! Yes, there are quite a few steps around the park as it naturally rises up the hill. We try to place benches strategically to break...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this place whilst staying in Turangi (which as about an hour's drive away), it was rated highly as having some of the best thermal pools in NZ. It was a bit of a hike to get there, even if you are staying in...More

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

Thanks for your review Tony, we are glad you enjoyed your trip. Yes, we put a lot of effort into the boardwalks and tracks such that you can enjoy a safe, close-up spectacle. Unfortunately there is no funding to maintain the park, pay staff or...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Driving down to the lake created a sense of anticipation. It was just so beautiful and peaceful. I visited on my own, and with the pouring rain and heavy cloud, a sense of eeriness crept in as I was taken across the lake in the...More

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

Thanks for your wonderful review Clare, I think you have summed it up beautifully! It is an attraction that changes with the weather and visiting in the rain you will see a lot more steam rising, adding to the atmosphere. Enjoy the rest of your...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thoroughly enjoyed this geothermal park The landscape is just amazing Not as "touristy" as others we have visited in NZ Reasonable entrance fee (discount available if booked online or ask at counter) Lovely quiet location not too far to drive from Taupo A trip across...More

Thank lordy39
OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your review! We strive to keep Orakei Korako in its natural state with as little impact as possible from the boardwalks and trails. We believe this retains the ambience of the park making it a much more enjoyable experience. Enjoy the rest of...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited as a part of a small group and spent the morning here viewing these amazing geothermals. It really feels as if you are the first person on the planet and you've stepped back in time when geothermal activity was much more prominent on...More

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

Thanks for your review Stephanie, we are glad you enjoyed your trip. Enjoy the rest of your holiday and a safe journey back to Portugal.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this place! Lots of cool geothermal areas to look at and so much quieter than a lot of the other geothermal places I’ve visited.. $36 is a bit steep I think but I’m glad I’ve seen it and was well worth the visit :)

Thank Kelly B
OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for your review Kelly. Yes, many people comment on Orakei Korako being less commercialised with fewer people and more natural. Enjoy the rest of your trip to NZ and a safe journey home.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was an unbelievable place to visit. Amazing geothermals and lovely walk. The colours are phenomenal, and the different features are fascinating to see - from bubbling pools of scalding water, to the silica deposits of all sorts of different colours. Apparently the lake (made...More

Thank siroccosky
OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for your lovely review, we are delighted to hear you enjoyed your trip. Yes, it is unfortunate that so much was covered but the silica terraces are still the largest in New Zealand. Glad you enjoyed the toasties too, the Mudcake Cafe has some...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

In the way from Rotorua to Taupo this is a great side trip. Not expensive IMO and well worth the time to walk the entire trail. So many spots to stop and take photos. Quite amazing to see the steam rising around you and from...More

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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.

Reviewed September 6, 2017 via mobile

Went here with my Aunt and Uncle (both in their mid 70s) and my daughter who's in her mid 20's. It's set next to a beautiful lake with gills in the background. You get a little ferry across to the thermals. The board walk (...More

Thank Karen77_11
OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this reviewResponded September 10, 2017

Thanks for your lovely review Karen, we are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. Yes, the walk be difficult for some people as there are quite a few steps. We have placed benches on the bigger sets of steps and around the park to...More

Reviewed September 4, 2017 via mobile

First and foremost, we visited four weeks ago and the attraction is a sight worth visiting in New Zealand which is why I still offer a 5/5 However, my disappointment is in the hands of a dismissive staff member. When I arrived to the visitor...More

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OrakeiKorako, Owner at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this reviewResponded September 10, 2017

Thanks for your review, we are delighted to hear you enjoyed visiting the park. We appreciate your comments regarding the long wait time for tickets, our customers' feedback is always welcomed. Our staff policy regarding queues is quite clear and more ticket booths should be...More

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