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Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park

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Address: 494 Orakeikorako Road, 3083, New Zealand
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+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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Fascinating site

We visited this as part of NZ Riverjet trip. It is fascinating to see this geothermal site in the middle of nowhere. It's not too busy and can easily be seen in the hour allowed... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Gadabouts95
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Grantham, United Kingdom

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Grantham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited this as part of NZ Riverjet trip. It is fascinating to see this geothermal site in the middle of nowhere. It's not too busy and can easily be seen in the hour allowed by the trip. Far less commercialised than some sites it is worth visiting if possible.

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Southam, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My husband loves places like this. It was well set out easy to walk round and interesting . It's not to busy at this time of year which is nice ..if you buy a ticket to visit you can camp ther overnight lovely setting by the lake

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We have waited several years to complete this visit - the last time we tried, torrential rain put paid to it. So we were pretty thrilled to wake up to a beautiful crisp Taupo day, with no other plans. So we were really able to take our time and enjoy it - just as well, this place is no place... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife, adult daughter and I recently completed four trips in geothermal attractions in NZ. Each is different, and had its own unique features. All are in our opinion must see activities. Orakei Thermal Park is one of these. After an enjoyable pre-packed sandwich at the cafe, we had a quick boat trip across the lake by the highly skilled... More 

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Kettering, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I think this is my favourite attraction in North Island. Well laid out on the side of a hill, good descriptions on the boards, nice cafe and good boat ride. Idyllic location

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is my favourite place in Rotorua! A day effect combination of nature and thermal activity. The self guided tour allows you to go at your own place. The only things I could hear were the birds, thermal pools and my own feet. Very quiet and well run. The staff are great and very helpful!! A definite must if you're... More 

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Sint-Gillis-bij-Dendermonde, Belgium
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A very interesting walk through a volcanic park at a very calm day. I can imagine that with much more tourists this becomes sketchy but we enjoyed an almost private visit to the park. After a short boat ride we walked in about two hours through all interesting points that are all clearly explained. A recommendation to all wanting to... More 

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

Thanks for your review! Many of our reviewers comment on how they find themselves alone in the park, even when it is busy, and how much they like that. Because the boardwalks and tracks meander around the hillside and through native bush it is easy to find yourself alone! Enjoy the rest of your NZ trip and safe travels back... More 

Geraldton, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were looking for somewhere to start our thermal experience in The Taupo / Rotorua area. We went into Orakei Korako which certainly met our expectations. It cost us $36 per adult which concerned us a little but it was well worth the expense. We were taken across the lake to the thermal area by a small ferry. The walk... More 

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

Thanks for your wonderful review Geoff, we are glad to hear you enjoyed it. A drink and bite to eat after your trip is a great way to finish your visit - the views from the deck of the Mudcake Cafe across the Waikato to the silica terraces are fantastic! Enjoy the rest of your trip and a safe journey... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A short trip across the river brought us to the beginning of a wide and comprehensive boardwalk. A map was not provided as it was not necessary. Arrows and signs gave direction while an informative sign described each feature and it's history. There were numerous smaller signs with a picture and description of trees and vegetation. A seat would have... More 

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

Thanks for your wonderful review Malcolm. We do provide seating at many places around the park but from your comments it seems that there are a few key locations where we should add a few more. We will look into this, thanks for your feedback. More 

Sydney
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While I haven't seen ALL the thermal areas in New Zealand, they would have to be pretty good to compare with this one. A little remote but we found it, it was a real treat. It's 24 mins north of Taupo or 45 mins south of Rotorua. You start with a short ferry crossing and then about an hour walking... More 

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

Thanks for your wonderful review, we are glad to hear you enjoyed it. We try to keep the site as natural as possible minimising the impact of the boardwalks and tracks on the vista, we believe it makes the experience that much better as a consequence. Enjoy the rest of your trip to NZ! More 

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