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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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494 Orakeikorako Road, 3083, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 days ago

If you just have time to choose one hot spring site for a visit to Rotorua, go to Orakei Korako! We were so lucky to select this location for our visit. Owned and operated by the Iti tribe of Maori, it is as natural as...More

Thank Elizabeth D
OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks for your wonderful review Elizabeth, we certainly agree that it's an experience you will never forget! We strive to keep the park as natural as possible as we feel it adds enormously to the experience and many people comment on this. Enjoy the rest...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Well protected geothermal site has multiple features to see: the cave at the top of the hill, mud pots, steam springs. Visitors cross a small lake by boat, hike along well-designated paths at their own pace to view the active geothermal area.

Thank Weasel50
OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks for your lovely review, we're glad you enjoyed it!

Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a hidden gem. It's a bit of a drive off the main road but we loved it. Easy boardwalking around the thermal area, great for photographs and just a very special area. We liked that the boat goes on demand so no waiting...More

Thank haysteed
OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks for your lovely review, we are delighted to hear you loved it. Yes, there are fewer people than some of the other geothermal parks but because the paths follow the natural contours of the land, weaving around the attractions, the hillside and between the...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of walking up and down so I do not advise to people who have difficulty walking. Yellowstone is far better.More

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

Thanks for your review Beth. One of the primary attractions of Orakei Korako is the silica terraces, the largest in New Zealand, which exclusively form on hills (which is obviously true of the silica terraces at Yellowstone National Park too). So yes, the park does...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had such a wonderful time walking around looking at the beautiful sights. Friendly and helpful staff, the boat driver had awesome parking skills! Great way to spend a few hours, even our teenager enjoyed it. Would definitely recommend.

Thank Titirangitribe
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

went to visit the lovely geothermal park with my children, most staff were lovely bar one. A Maori guy, unsure of his name but quite a big fella just showed that he had no patience for my children's questions and made them feel silly for...More

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

Thank you for taking the time to bring your dissatisfaction of your family trip to our attention. We entirely agree that a friendly and welcoming attitude from our staff is key and from our TripAdvisor responses it appears we are doing this well. Everyone has...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a place and not too well known, so less crowded. A short boat ride over a lake takes you to this magical place and you explore by means of a boardwalk. Patrons are able to camp (in self-contained vehicles only) overnight in the car...More

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

Hi Pam, thanks for your review. Yes, the view across the lake of the silica terraces is quite different in the morning and, as you say, really special. If you're in a self-contained campervan touring NZ it's well worth making this one of your overnight...More

Reviewed June 10, 2017

We visited on a misty morning but as we enjoyed a lakeside coffee the must lifted and we could see the far shore where we were taken by boat. The walk around was magical and perfect. The walkways are so well kept and fit into...More

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OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this reviewResponded June 11, 2017

Thanks for your wonderful review Joy. Seeing the silica terraces across the river as the mist cleared would have been fantastic! We're delighted to hear you enjoyed it so much. Enjoy the rest of your NZ trip and a safe journey back to the UK.

Reviewed June 3, 2017 via mobile

Twice I been here and I have not been disappointed. Really great staff and the scenery is stunning. Well worth the effort and time.More

Thank garyj462
OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this reviewResponded June 11, 2017

Thanks for your review Gary, we're delighted to see you've visited us again. Did you mention you had visited previously or enquire about the Frequent Visitor's Pass? This entitles you to a 20% discount on all visits after you first one and free entry on...More

Reviewed May 29, 2017 via mobile

Loved walking around the thermal vents/geyser/springs/cave and seeing the variety of things on offer. Well formed paths and signs pointing out what to look at. Loved the freedom of walking on a self guided tour with not too many people in the off season. Would...More

Thank Stephen T
OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this reviewResponded June 11, 2017

Thanks for your lovely review Stephen, we're glad to hear you enjoyed your trip so much. There is some information on our website (and at the information centre) on the history of the park if you missed it. We hope to see you again in...More

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Hi! Yes, the road is sealed all the way so there is no problem with the issue of a rented vehicle. If you campervan is self-contained you are also welcome to camp up in the car park and enjoy the sunset and sunrise. Enjoy... More
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