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Address: 494 Orakeikorako Road, 3083, New Zealand
Phone Number: +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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(Slightly) hidden gem!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Jules M
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Austin, Texas

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Austin, Texas
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65 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited early in the day, even though overcast and lots of rain the day before the boardwalk was well maintained and an easy stroll. Love the fact you have to catch a small ferry across to access the area, adds to the experience. Felt so much more natural and less touristy that other geothermal places in rotorua. Lots of different... More 

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

Thanks for your great review. We strive to keep Orakei Korako as natural as possible and minimise the impact of the boardwalks and trails around the park. We feel this provides a better experience than some of the more 'touristy' places and, like you, our customers frequently mention this and agree. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent, value for money tour. Includes boat trip across the lake where the self guided walk begins. Well defined tracks with signage. View thermals, bubbling mud pools, a cave. Cafe on-site. About $90 for 2 adults and 2 children.

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

Thanks for your review Brusato, we're delighted that you enjoyed the tour. More 

San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place was so cool! The silica terrace was unlike anything I've ever seen before. It's a bit off the beaten track - an hour drive from Rotorua and probably about 30 minutes from Taupo, but well worth it. The prices of admission includes a ferry to get across the lake to the park (which you have to take). The... More 

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

Thanks for your wonderful review. Yes, the silica terraces are an amazing site and those at Orakei Korako are the largest in the world. Safe travels back to the USA. More 

Winnipeg, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Getting to this location is half the fun, but once there you take a ferry across to the actual thermal park.Once there you will see craters, a geyser, fumaroles, mud pots boiling up and spitting marked with fantastic colours. The walkway is well maintained and easy to navigate. Take your time and enjoy each area for its power and splendour.If... More 

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

Thanks for your review Lee. We've actually got 23 active geysers, more than any other geothermal park in New Zealand which all go off according to their own timetable. Yes, you can stay at the site if you have a self-contained campervan. The view at dusk and dawn can be quite spectacular! More 

falmouth, maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 282 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we've been to a few geothermal areas - Yellowstone, Iceland, and several others in NZ. It's hard not to be impressed with any of them. This was sort of special. It's not that well known, it is a beautiful drive about an hour from Rotorua, and the welcome center is actually across the lake from the thermal area, so you... More 

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

Thank you for your wonderful review. You are very lucky to have visited so many geothermal areas, I am sure they were been incredible experiences too. Orakei Korako has just about everything you can ask for in a geothermal zone including the stunning silica terraces. We've actually got 23 active geysers (more than any other NZ park) which go off... More 

New South Wales
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fantastic experience for the family. The thermal park is well set out and you need a fitness level to be able to manage a walk of 90 mins with a lot of steep, some wet sections. Worth seeing Staff very friendly

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Highlights include "Aladdin's cave" and the view of the lake and surrounding forrest from the top. It was also a lovely walk around the park but the smell does get to you after a while.

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

Thanks for your review, we're glad you enjoyed your visit. Ruatapu Cave is actually one of only two known geothermal caves in the world! More 

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