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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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494 Orakeikorako Road, 3083, New Zealand
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"mud pools"
in 107 reviews
"across the river"
in 66 reviews
"geothermal activity"
in 60 reviews
"boat trip"
in 46 reviews
"self guided"
in 34 reviews
"hot springs"
in 39 reviews
"off the beaten track"
in 34 reviews
"orakei korako"
in 129 reviews
"boiling mud"
in 21 reviews
"board walk"
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"walk takes"
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"own pace"
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"worth the detour"
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"hidden valley"
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"new zealand"
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"silica terraces"
in 44 reviews
"natural beauty"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

my most favourite thermal attraction out of 4 we visited in North Island. In my opinion it was much better than widely proclaimed and often prioritized Te Puia. Many different coulours, scenic views, nice walk .... simply one extraordinary experience. There is also a small...More

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

Thanks for your lovely review Ivan! We do have everything you can hope for in a geothermal park - 23 active geysers (more than any other NZ park), the silica terraces (the largest in NZ), the geothermal cave (one of only two in the world)...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were fortunate enough to be treated to a visit to Orakei Korako as part of our attendance at a conference In Taupo. A great walk that is not too challenging but does require appropriate walking footwear. Most of it is on a board walk...More

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

Thank you for your lovely review. We've done our best to make the park as accessible as possible while maintaining its natural beauty, the boardwalks are designed to blend in with the scenery. We believe this makes the place that much more special to visit,...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived late in the afternoon but had plenty of time to do the full 1 hour plus walking trip. Nice and enjoyable with the place to ourselves. Plank walk can be slippery when wet.

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

Thanks for your review. Yes, despite regularly cleaning the boardwalks, the can get slippery after rain, we always advise our visitors when this is the case. Enjoy the rest of your trip and a safe journey back to Brunei.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Orakei Korako gave us the most amzing experience the other day. Such friendly hosts who took us by boat on a wonderful journey across the beautiful Waikato river and onto the thermal park. The variety of thermal activity is quite amazing. All the colours of...More

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

Thank you for your lovely review, we are delighted to hear you enjoyed the visit.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This park has a good board walk with railings and signage around the geo thermal area. Fascinating place -can go at your own pace. A pretty lake.More

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

Thanks for your review travic. The lake you cross to get the the park is actually the Waikato river although the flow can be quite slow and seem like a lake at times! Enjoy the rest of your NZ trip and a safe journey back...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our visit here, seeing all of the amazing geysers and the volcanic landscape was like visiting another planet! There were very few other visitors so it was great to feel like we had the place to ourselves. Definitely worth visiting!More

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

Thanks for your review, we are delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit. Yes, many people comment on how it feels like they have the place to themselves, even when the park is very busy. It's easy to find yourself alone as the boardwalks and...More

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Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

Well maintained and signed track to see the different parts of the path, springs and mud pool. We enjoyed a lot to finish with great coffee at the kiosk. Frequent ferry service.

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OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2018

Thanks for your review Christine. Enjoy the rest of your trip to NZ.

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Reviewed 30 April 2018

Set away from the main population centres, ORAKEI KORAKO is well preserved and awe inspiring look at mother nature at it's best. It is also not over commercialised.More

Thank Philip M
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OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2018

Thanks for your review Philip. We strive to maintain the park to it's natural, beautiful standard with as little impact as possible from the boardwalks, tracks, signs and benches. Many people comment on how much nicer it is to see Orakei Korako over the other...More

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Reviewed 26 April 2018

Orakei Korako is a geothermal attraction 25 minutes drive north of Taupo. It is well worth the visit. It has fantastic silica terraces that discharge a huge amount of hot water each day that encourages the growth of algae in a variety of beautiful colours....More

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OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2018

Thanks for your wonderful review Alistair, you've summed up Orakei Korako very nicely! We hope to see you again in the future.

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Reviewed 24 April 2018 via mobile

While in the Rotorua and Taupo region we had a lot of choices of thermal parks to visit, but chose this one after a recommendation. I'm glad we did, it wasn't busy and the steps and boardwalk added some good exercise (although as fit 20/30...More

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OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2018

Thanks for your review, we're glad you took the recommendation too! Yes, most people can manage the walk and we've put in benches to make it easier where you can take a breather and enjoy the incredible views. Enjoy the rest of your trip to...More

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2k-raspberry
19 March 2018|
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Response from poopshooter | Reviewed this property |
Not as strong as Rotorua but yes there is a lingering smell. Something you can't escape at their geothermal parks.
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Helena K
19 January 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
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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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