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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 hidden valley boiling mud board walk own pace walk takes worth the detour new zealand lovely walk take your time well worth the visit
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Reviewed 6 days ago

My husband and I were sceptical as we had been to one that was the beginning of the world and were so dissapointed. This was very nice. The boardwalks and steps were fine for us and not slippery at all. They were beautifully laid out...More

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

Thanks for your lovely review, we are glad to hear you enjoyed it so much. Yes, we strived to place the boardwalks and steps where the best views are obtained while minimising the visual impact and keeping the vista as natural as possible. We also...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Just spent an interesting couple of hours walking around this wonderful geothermal attraction. The route is well thought out, with interest through out and plenty of picture opportunities. The bush walking offers the opportunity to listen and watch the wildlife and enjoy the flora and...More

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

Thanks for your lovely review. Yes, many people comment on how you can find yourselves alone while wandering around and how much more special it makes it. The flora is new to many of our visitors and part of the wonderful vista so we signpost...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We got there early in the morning and hardly anyone was there. Ferry ride across the river to access the Thermal Pools. Lots of stairs to climb but well worth it. Boardwalk thoughout the park and well signposted. It has been very well done by...More

Thank MargaretC60
OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thanks for your lovely review Margaret! Yes, going first thing often means very few people there although we get comments about how wonderful it is to find yourself alone in the park from visitors all day long. Yes, there are quite a few steps, the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We found this a delightful destination. It was more geological fun than what we saw of Rotorua, in part because we could take our time. You ride a boat across the lake to the site and then the tour is self-guided at your own pace....More

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

Thanks for your lovely review! We are glad you found the plant signs useful, many reviewers comment on how interesting it is to read these, particularly our overseas visitors of course who are generally not familiar with our flora. Enjoy the rest of your trip...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed our outing from Taupo. A very well presented attraction with very good boardwalks and steps. Loved the way the steps were spaced so could lead all the time with one leg and save my bad one! Great range of thermal attractions, and interesting...More

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

Thanks for your lovely review Ian, we are delighted to hear you enjoyed your trip to Orakei Korako! Yes, we did our utmost to make the boardwalks sturdy, useful and, as far as possible, to blend into the natural surroundings, with benches to take a...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We got there early and had the whole place to ourselves. What a delight. This is a great alternative to Rotorua thermal springs. You see the same things but on a more intimate and smaller scale. We booked online and got a $7 discount (paid...More

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

Thank you for your lovely review Chris, we are delighted to hear you enjoyed it so much! Enjoy the rest of your NZ trip and a safe journey back to Australia.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The trip across the lake from civilisation to this strange and wonderful landscape serves to emphasise how much the land has been changed. The ferry works on demand, and we had it to ourselves in both directions. The walkway is stable and well build and...More

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

Thanks for your lovely review Dona! Yes, it does get very hot and we recommend taking water and of course applying sunscreen before you go. If you forget to bring water you can always get some from the information centre and cafe. We know that...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great time visiting the park. Some awesome formations to see, the cave was our favourite part. We travelled with a 1 year old and the provided a free backpack carrier for her. There are a lot of steps up and down so...More

Thank Brownie080
OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your review! The cave is one of only two geothermal caves in the world so it is pretty special. Yes, there are quite a few steps (you can't get away from this as the silica terraces form on a hillside) so we have...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love that we had to catch the boat across the water to Orakei, and it felt like we just about had the place to ourselves. So many beautiful sights! Great geo-thermal visit. Highly recommendedMore

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

Thanks for your review Jacqui! Yes, many people comment on how nice it is to walk around the park feeling like you've got the place entirely to yourselves and how it makes it feel that much more special. Enjoy the rest of your NZ trip...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Orakei Korako is definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. This thermal park has a ferry that takes you across to wear all the thermal activity is which is a bonus addition and makes the whole experience a bit more special. Once...More

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

Thanks for your lovely review! Yes, there are a few great tours you can experience together with a visit to Orakei Korako including scenic flights from Taupo Float Plane and Rotorua Volcanic Air Safaris. Check out the visit page on our website for these tours...More

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2k-raspberry
20 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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