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Address: 494 Orakeikorako Road, 3083, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 7-378 3131
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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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Geologist's paradise

Not as busy as the better-know thermal areas around Rotorua, Orakei Koraka is well worth a visit. The ferry across the lake runs constantly, and drops you at the foot of the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Not as busy as the better-know thermal areas around Rotorua, Orakei Koraka is well worth a visit. The ferry across the lake runs constantly, and drops you at the foot of the trails around the thermal areas. Trails are well constructed, mostly of wooden boardwalks and steps. There is a lot of up-and-down steps involved, and the full trail will... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Orakei Korako is a special experience. Taking the ferry across to the park makes it seem like a real adventure, and when we went (on a Tuesday morning) it was very quiet - it felt as though we had the park to ourselves. The paths are beautifully maintained but there are lots of stairs so be prepared to take your... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The entry fee was $36 per person which was a little expensive for what it was. This is one of multiple thermal parks in the area. We found it to be quiet and not as busy as the others. There is a short 5 min ferry ride that takes you across to an island where the park is situated. It... More 

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

Thanks for your lovely review, we are delighted that you enjoyed your visit. It is a wonderful view of the silica terraces cascading into the river from the deck outside the cafe and great to be able to relax and have a drink, snack or ice cream after a couple of hours touring the park. However we recommend taking a... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A visit here was recommended by a fellow photography enthusiast and I need to thank him. Quiet, out of the way of busy tourist spots, Orakei Korako is the kind of unspoilt natural wonder you dream about. Beautifully maintained and run by friendly staff, this is a real gem of a thermal area, accessed by a short boat ride over... More 

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

Thank you for your lovely review, I trust you got some fantastic pictures. We do our best to maintain the site with minimal impact on the environment - the board walks and signage are all designed to blend in as much as possible with the vistas. Yes, it's easy to find yourself alone at Orakei Korako which our visitors tell... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This has to be the best Thermal attraction place we visited. (we visited a few of them) The colours that you will get to see are photo worthy (bring a good zoom lens tho) and the awesome paths are easy to follow. Although the thermal activity was minimal but that is nature unpredictable way. It was still awesome to see.

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

Thanks for your wonderful review Nichola. We like to think that Orakei Korako is the best geothermal park in New Zealand and we're frequently told this by our reviewers. With 23 active geysers (more than any other NZ park), the silica terraces, the geothermal cave (one of only two in the world) and more all in its spectacular natural setting... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Me and my husband were in Taupo for two days and thought we'll give this place a try. We went to i-SITE at Taupo and got a 10% off the $36 adult ticket. It's about a 35 minutes drive out of Taupo and when you arrive, you got a short ferry ride across the lake. It is a self guided... More 

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

Thanks for your lovely review Stephanie, we're delighted that you enjoyed it. Yes, it's easy to find yourself alone at Orakei Korako although perhaps it's not surprising as the boardwalks and paths meander around the natural setting for over 2.5km! More 

Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A slightly different route to get here driving north from Taupo, well worth it even for the scenery. The thermal park itself is remote and stunningly beautiful. It requires a quick boat ride, which seems to keep the flow if people constant and not overcrowded. Easy to see it all within 90 minutes with several flights of stairs. Worth the... More 

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

Thanks for your wonderful review John, we are delighted that you enjoyed your visit. A quick note for those reading this review - the boat ride is inclusive of your entry to the park and the ferry goes on demand. More 

Buxton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really interesting place. A really good experience. Self guided walk takes about 2 hours or so. Excellently maintained walkways allow you to get close to the geothermal activity. Enjoyed it much more than dodging bus loads of tourists at Rotorua. Seemed a little expensive when I first looked at it but it was worth every penny.

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

Thanks for your review Colin. Many of our reviewers also comment on how they enjoy the tranquility of the park, rarely seeing any other visitors as they make their way around, and how it makes the experience that much more special. More 

Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

have gone here for the third time. They cut many trees which improved the scenery. It's different every time with all the rainbow of colours, particularly on a day with blue skies and some clouds. A must go, definitely.

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

Thank you for your wonderful review Peter! Yes, as you say, it's different every time as factors such as weather conditions, rainfall, temperature and many more have a huge impact over both days, months and years in terms of the chemistry, microbiology and activity. We hope to see you again! More 

Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Orakei Korako cave and thermal park is a very nice place to visit. A little off the beaten track means it is not so heavily visited and it was nice to wander around without many people there. The bubbling water, geysers and mud pools were good to see all hidden amongst ferns and kanuka teatree. A good walk that... More 

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

Thank you for your lovely review, we are delighted to hear you enjoyed it. Safe travels back to Australia. More 

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