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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.
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494 Orakeikorako Road, 3083, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We visited yesterday and were blown away by the thermals, the palette of colours from the mineral deposits and the efficient organization of the trip. It is worth the time to drive and take the short boat trip across the lake. Take water, use the...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Must be my favourite spot around Taupo. My only hesitation in reviewing it is that it is a bit off the beaten track and so very peaceful and quiet. Best geothermal location that we saw in Taupo or Rotorua.

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Awesome place to visit. Staff are friendly. Kids had a blast looking at the thermal area and the 3 year olds highlight was going on the boat. Best time to visit thought would be on a cooler day as it gets rather hot.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A friend recommended we visit this Park and we are glad we did. Stunning setting by a river. To get to the thermal pools, you had to cross the river by boat from the Visitors Centre. The walk around the park was very well signposted...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We chose this geothermal park based on opinions, and they were spot on! A little out of the way, but an excellent park! A short trip by boat takes you to the geothermal area, where you are free to walk a very well marked trail......More

Thank Colette J
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This geothermal is amazing, and the supporting tourism is so well done. Spewing, gurgling, boiling, bubbling, gushing water and mud in every color. Easy 2km board walk (with lots of stairs) leads you around to all interest spots. Clean, efficiently run, pleasant staff. Very non-commercial.

Thank cultureobserver
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a magnificent place with beautiful thermal formations at every turn. Most of the area has solid boardwalks but there are a few places where you have to walk on uneven ground. The area is not suitable for strollers because there are lots of...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Orakei Korako is off the beaten track south of Rotorua. In the whole area there are many volcanic thermal hot springs but this is quite special because of the amazing colors that the two geysers have deposited over many decades. The entrance fee is quite...More

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

Thanks for your lovely review. Most people take 1.5 to 2 hours to complete the 2.5km of tracks around the park, viewing the geothermal cave, silica terraces and all the other geothermal activity (including 23 active geysers!) in the natural setting of the park but...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ended up back tracking during our drive south to get here. We had seen the thermo springs in Rotorula, but were not that impressed. So we came here during a rain storm. Well at least we did not have a lot of crowds to...More

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

Thanks for your lovely review Edward, we are glad you enjoyed it. Yes, the park is quite different during rain with more steam being produced. It is certainly one of very few outdoor attractions that can be enjoyed while it is raining! Enjoy the rest...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We literally only had a point of interest on Google Maps to guide us, but when we arrived we found a well setup visitors center with a well run business behind it. The boat ride was short, leading to a very well setup walking track....More

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

Thanks for your lovely review Blaise. We try to label everything of interest from the geothermal activity to the native trees and bushes. Lunch on the deck of the Mudcake Cafe looking over the Waikato river to the silica terraces is a wonderful view that...More

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Helena K
January 19, 2018|
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Response from 8Sandown | Reviewed this property |
You will struggle to get around the park in 30mins. However they check the number of visitors entering the park and then again on the return boat journey. Best advise try to get there earlier if possible. A must see place... More
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Raluca G
September 27, 2017|
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Hi I do not think this park offers picku-up return service from Taupo. My family went to Taupo in last June from Wellington by Intercity Bus. We do not drive. I also did research before we left but there are no any buses or... More
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