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Address: 494 Orakeikorako Road, 3083, New Zealand
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+64 7-378 3131
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8:00 am - 4:30 pm
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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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Self-Guided Geothermal Tour in Orakei Korako
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Interesting Thermal Diversion

This is a great diversion for the tourist who wants a nice Thermal attraction that is more natural and organic than many of the more sanitised places. I believe it is run by a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Traveltane
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Auckland, New Zealand

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great diversion for the tourist who wants a nice Thermal attraction that is more natural and organic than many of the more sanitised places. I believe it is run by a local Maori tribe and they employ many locals in the cafe, as volunteers and guides along with ferry drivers. Yes it is a bit on the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is just a short drive from Rotorua and it is breathtaking in its primordial savage beauty. There is an entry fee to the thermal park- quite reasonable- and a small ferry took us across the lake to the self guided walk. Roughly takes an hour or more to look at every thing. Absolutely worth the visit!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's about 30 minutes out of Taupo and you go across on a small ferry to where the attraction is located.. it's a pleasant walk which most people can do and is a nice way to spend the afternoon.. cafe on site too..

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

Thanks for your review Krilly, we're glad you enjoyed the walk. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After speaking with the i-site we decided to go to this 'newer' Geothermal Park which was a great decision. On arrival you jump on a ferry to get taken across. It is a 1.5 hour circuit complete with steaming silica formations, geysers, caves and bubble mud pools as well as a pathed walk through the forest. On top we got... More 

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

Thanks for your lovely review, we're glad you enjoyed the trip. Yes, we don't force the geysers here at Orakei Korako, we let them run to their own time and try our best to leave the entire location as natural as possible with minimal visual impact from the paths and signage. And yes, as you advise, take plenty of water! More 

Tauranga, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hadnt been to Orakei Korako in 26 years so decided to take my family as part of our holiday things to do, booked online and paid $82 for 2 adults and 5 kids (This included 3 teenagers an 12 and 9 year old) which I thought was exceptionally good value. Bit of a car ride to get to but well... More 

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

Hi Tony, thank you for your wonderful review. We're delighted to hear you enjoyed the trip with your family and came back to visit us again. Yes, the $92 family deal is good value and includes two adults and up to 6 kids (6-16 years of age), I expect you took the 10% online order discount. Enjoy the rest of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can see the steam rising, and the strange colours on the terraces from across the dammed river. Catch the boat across from the jetty by the cafe. Have the place much to yourself, stroll around admiring the bubbling mud-pits and boiling cauldrons. See the geothermal cave - sadly, you cannot go inside. Smell the sulphur from the devil's throat.... More 

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

Thanks for your lovely review, you've summed it all up pretty perfectly! We've also got 23 active geysers which is more than any other geothermal park in New Zealand! Safe travels back to the UK. More 

Tauranga, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth the drive out there.Had not been been there for over 27 years it was worth visiting again.I really enjoyed the natural location with all the thermal activity.

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

Hi Kim, thanks for your review and for coming out to see us again. We're glad you enjoyed the trip. More 

Kaitaia, Northland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On Christmas day we went on an adventure to Orakei Korako. It was an overcast day, perfect for this sort of activity as we discovered it was at least 3 degrees hotter on the island. Taking our boys (21 month old and a 4 year old) it was just as well we left the pram at home. There are stairs... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting geothermal activity and a beautiful little walk although I thought it was somewhat overpriced. Staff were very friendly

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Wellesbourne Hastings, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our travel agent booked this for us and it was a great success. The drive there is a bit out of the way but the setting is fabulous. A trip by boat across the lake takes you to the geo-thermal area which is full of bubbling mud, geysers and hot springs. The cascades were spectacular with plenty of viewing points.... More 

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