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Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park

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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...more
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494 Orakeikorako Road, 3083, New Zealand
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All reviews mud pools across the river geothermal activity boat trip self guided hot springs off the beaten track orakei korako boiling mud board walk walk takes own pace worth the detour hidden valley new zealand silica terraces well worth the trip
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Easy drive in from the Rotorua-Taupo Highway and a short boat side across the Waikato River for a must do geo-thermal experience. The a well marked and maintained walkway takes visitors past a series of how water pools, mud pools, steam vents and geysers all...More

Thank Richard N
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have seen a lot of wonderful geothermal activity in my life (Yellowstone is really amazing). But in New Zealand, it is generally hit and miss (mostly miss): think geysers that are stuffed with socks to control when they go off and tiny fenced off...More

Thank mtngirl38
OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your wonderful review! Yes, we have always strived to keep the park as natural and untouched as possible. The boardwalks are designed to blend into the natural scenery and we let our geysers (23 of them!) go off to their own timetable. There...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved this thermal park. Worth the $40. Off the beaten track made it less touristy which we liked. Easy to get to either from Rotorua and Taupo - worth the drive. Steps the whole way around the walking loop but its not a difficult walk....More

Thank podgy88
OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your lovely review, we are delighted to hear you enjoyed it. Yes, there are quite a few steps so it's not that easy for some of us. However, we've put it benches to have a break and enjoy spectacular views across the terraces...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited in the morning before too many people had arrived. The staff were friendly, the ferry left as soon as we walked down to the jetty, the walk was well maintained and very easy. The whole experience was WONDERFUL! We would highly recommend this...More

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

Thanks for your wonderful review, we are glad to hear you enjoyed it so much! Enjoy the rest of your NZ trip and a safe journey back to Australia.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Great for a walk around - and for taking photos! Wide variety of springs, mud and geysers! A safe place for kids too.More

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

Thanks for your review Audrey, we are glad to hear you enjoyed it. Yes, we've got 23 active geysers (more than any other NZ park), the largest silica terraces in NZ and one of only two geothermal caves in the world! Enjoy the rest of...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very short boat trip to be able to walk around the thermal area for over an hour viewing all the amazing thermal attractionsMore

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

Thanks for your review. Yes, we've got plenty of thermal attractions too including 23 active geysers (more than any other NZ park), the largest silica terraces in NZ, one of only two geothermal caves in the world and all the other activity you expect to...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lonely Planet says that this is the best thermal park in NZ and we would agree. It is away from the main tourist hubs and well worth a visit. A short boat ride across the lake and then a walk along a very well maintained...More

Thank SuzW66
OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for your review Suz, we are delighted to hear you enjoyed yourself. Yes, we're off the main road between Rotorua and Taupo making it a nice morning or afternoon excursion and really a must do if you are travelling between them. Enjoy the rest...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Highly recommended. Being a little bit more difficult to get to, but by no means off the beaten track, Orakei Korako offers a special experience. Starting with a quick ride across the Waikato river the park provides a great walk without the crowds you sometimes...More

Thank Dorothy I
OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your wonderful review Dorothy, you have summed up Orakei Korako very nicely! Yes, the park sits on a hillside, a requirement for the formation of the silica terraces, so you do indeed get some spectacular views. If you get the opportunity to...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Make sure you have a map as the mobile reception wasn't great to find the place, and allow plenty of time for the drive as the road was windy and there were many logging trucks which are slow to drive behind. Keep an eye out...More

Thank see-swim-hike
OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for your lovely review, we are delighted to see your recommendation. Yes, you've obviously got to be careful with kids but lots of our reviewers have commented on how much their kids enjoyed it so do bring them along with you! We have baby...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The day was wet, but we decided to go anyway. The park entrance had lots of parking but was just a small shed with a tiny shop and cafe. The entry fee was very reasonable and we went over by a short boat ride. Once...More

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

Thanks for your lovely review JaneMay. The park can be more spectacular when it's wet with more steam rising off the silica terraces; it's one of few outdoor activity well worth doing when it's raining if you are prepared for it! We have put signs...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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