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Address: 494 Orakeikorako Road, 3083, New Zealand
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+64 7-378 3131
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08:00 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 16:30
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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What a brilliant experience!

We were advised by our mobile home letting company to go here but went to Te Puia in Rotorua first. I do feel that many of the attractions in NZ are overpriced but this is the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Stephen F
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Penzance, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It's touted as the youngest thermal park and the photos posted are gorgeous. But that's almost all of it. Two main areas no larger than a football field each. Thermal activity was less than what you get for free in Kiriau park for free in Taupo. The cave is a dirty cesspool which can be viewed from a platform. Somehow... More 

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Penzance, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were advised by our mobile home letting company to go here but went to Te Puia in Rotorua first. I do feel that many of the attractions in NZ are overpriced but this is the exception so far. You are taken to the other side of the lake on a boat and brought back. This is included in the... More 

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

Thank you for your wonderful review Stephen, we're delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit so much. More 

Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed it. Just so natural and going over the river by the boat was lovely. Walks are good but a lot of steps and up hill climbs. Interesting landscape and plenty of thermal activity. Would highly recommend it.

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

Thank you for your lovely review Pam. Yes, there are quite a few steps as the silica terraces ascend out of the Waikato river up the hill. We find that almost everyone can manage it (although it's not wheelchair accessible given the steps) and of course you can stop for a breather whenever you like to enjoy the views at... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived early (8.30 and) and seemed to be the first people there to get the on-demand short boat trip across to the start of the walk. The boardwalk was very well done and wound up and down and around (in one direction) through very interesting thermal areas. There was steam coming from all around us and the mud was... More 

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

Thanks for your review, we are delighted to hear you enjoyed the walk. It does of course get busy here but most of our visitors point out that even then you can often find yourselves seemingly alone as you meander around the geothermal features. Enjoy the rest of your trip! More 

Levin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I love this place, it is just so beautiful and have lovely clear pathways to follow. Just one word of warning and that is steps. The whole walk is pretty much steps. There are plenty of seats to sit down and rest on. It can be very hot on a hot summers day so make sure you take water. If... More 

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

Thank you for your review. Yes, there are lots of steps as the whole park is on the side of the hill and descends into the Waikato river where you cross from the info centre and cafe to the foot of the silica terraces. We find that the vast majority of people can manage it though. And yes, we recommend... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We chose to do just one of the 3 geo thermal areas in the area and picked this one because of "Walking with dinosaurs ". Even in a heavy drizzle it was interesting. Some of the structures are pretty. On a must see scale where Cathedral Cove is 100, I would say this is 80. I am glad we did... More 

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

Hi Fosie, thanks for your review! Yes, it doesn't have to be a glorious sunny day to enjoy Orakei Korako, the vista can be all the more magical in a drizzle. Many of our visitors say that it's like going back in time and this is probably why the BBC filmed some scenes for "Walking with Dinosaurs" here (although we... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After a change of plan (no trek in Tongariro) we were looking for activities around Taupo. We didn't expect such a beauty ! The landscapes are various and impressive. The trail is well paved. It is a bit expensive for adults (36dol but worth it). Haven't been to Rotorua yet so we can't compare.

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Thank Thomasrc2
OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this review

Thanks for your review Thomas, we're glad to have surprised you! Yes, the board walks cover much of the paths and are designed to fit in well with the landscape, keeping the place as natural as possible. We trust you will enjoy the rest of your trip. More 

Riga, Latvia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of must-see spots on the North Island of New Zealand. Wonderful colors of nature, amazing experience to see the different sides of our planet. All very well organized, the boat takes you to the other side of the lake without any hesitation thee and back.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just 25 mins ride from Taupo. We arrived at 8:15 and we were slone almost the whole your, other couple arrived only at the end of our visit. So calm and beautiful. Offering geysers, mud pools, cave. Stunning

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

Thanks for your review Adéla. Yes, you can often find yourselves alone as you travel around the park and many of our visitors comment on how much more special that makes the trip. More 

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our trip to Orakei Korako. It is off the beaten track, and it is a little pricey ($83 for 2 adults and one under 16 year old child), but it is in a beautiful location and is well set up. You arrive and park outside the kiosk with a view over the river to the silica terrace... 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 to hear it was one of the highlights of your trip. For others reading this review, the ferry trip is included in the ticket and runs on demand. Yes, the location is quite beautiful and we strive to keep it as natural as possible. Enjoy your trip to NZ and safe travels... More 

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