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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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Self-Guided Geothermal Tour in Orakei Korako
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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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  • Very good26%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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494 Orakeikorako Road, 3083, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Altohugh we had visited here before, it was was just as stunning the second time around. This is well worth a vitis to see the huge thermal park, including the mud pools, geysers etc

Thank Brian D
Reviewed 3 days ago

Absolutely wowed by this place. Fantastic colours, pools and thermal activity. Best place we've been to in a 5 week tour of NZ.

Thank GraceJ99
Reviewed 5 days ago

After the chaos of Roturua, bus crowds and yelling guides herding hapless tourists around gift shops, this quiet corner is wonderful. Easy to find if you ignore your GPS and actually follow the road signs (regardless of what some negative reviewers say). The short boat...More

Thank Andrew P
Reviewed 1 week ago

I've visited all the geothermal parks in the area in the past decade, and this is the one that stands out by far! Unlike some other parks, you can enjoy the beauty of the natural wonders without the crowds of tourists. It has mud pools,...More

Thank Kiwigirl341
OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thanks for your wonderful review! Many of our reviewers comment on how the park is less crowded than the other parks in the region. Another comment we hear a lot is how the park feels so much more natural than the others - we try...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a must-see natural attraction in Taupo as one of the most famous geothermal parks in New Zealand. We went there as part of the guided day tour. It can only be accessed by boat. Being a breathtaking hidden gem this places offers more...More

Thank BrandyZhao
OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thanks for your wonderful review! Yes, you can't take strollers around the park due to the steps. However, we offer baby backpacks for under twos free of charge if you don't have one. As well as comfortable shoes (the park has over 2.5km of tracks)...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This park is a hidden gem with no mobile phone signal and takes a short ferry ride (5 Min) to reach but it is well worth the trouble given the various geothermal sites, beautifully landscaped paths and well constructed board walk.More

Thank Warren H
OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thanks for your review Warren, we are glad to hear your trip was well worth it! Yes, we try to keep the paths and boardwalks as unobtrusive as possible and to blend into the landscape so as not to spoil the natural vista. We feel...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a wonderful look at thermal springs and mud pools A short boat ride across the lake took us to a self guided circuit of the springs and mud pools. Each location was sign posted with a very informative peice. This was a great...More

Thank Nikki E
OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thanks for your review Nikki! Yes, we signpost just about everything including the native flora which many of our reviewers have liked, it can be quite different from other countries.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been to the thermal village at Rotorua and found this Thermal Park felt much more natural and uncommercial. The scenery is beautiful. Short ferry ride over the lake and then a quite and scenic bush walk along boardwalks to see some beautiful geothermal...More

Thank NorthEast_76
OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your lovely review. Yes, we try and keep the park as natural as possible, we feel that the vista and atmosphere of a geothermal park is far better like this and it seems that the vast majority of people agree. Water is very...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great attraction! and a nice way to see the geothermal activity, an added bonus of a small boat ride across the lake to visit. Set in beautiful scenery with amazing sights among the park. Definetley won't be disappointed to visit. Unlike some of the...More

Thank Trina M
OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your lovely review Trina. The beautiful natural setting is a constant theme that our reviewers bring up as something Orakei Korako holds over all other parks, as is the lack of crowds. Because the paths meander around the natural geothermal formations and through...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is my first time in Taupo and it seems like a zoo to me. I can't get over the traffic (and I live in Sydney). Really not what I was expecting out of a relaxing country NZ holiday. Anyway, this little thermal park was...More

Thank BrettLT
OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your review Brett. We appreciate your comments on how well it is organised, it was difficult to get the boardwalks and paths in the best positions for viewing the geothermal sights whilst minimising the impact to the vista and the environment. Enjoy the...More

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Helena K
January 19, 2018|
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Response from BrandyZhao | Reviewed this property |
I personally think it will be too late if you get there at 4pm. I believe it takes about 2 hours to visit this place. The boat drops off visitors to the park and picks them up whenever being demanded. The boat will see you... More
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Raluca G
September 27, 2017|
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Response from BrandyZhao | Reviewed this property |
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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