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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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Reviewed 4 days 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 3 days 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 days 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 3 days 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 days 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

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Reviewed 1 week 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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thermal areas are a weakness of mine ... and this was a return visit to Orakei Korako for me. I had not remembered how many steps there are to reach the lookouts - which this time seemed quite strenuous for an oldie. For anyone else...More

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

Thanks for your lovely review Doreen. Yes, there are quite a few steps that allow one to ascend the silica terrace. We've put in a number of benches at strategic places that break up the climb and provide fantastic views. The colour of the microbial...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not easy to find, the directions lack an address for satnav!! but eventually found it in heavy rain, virtually no one there, access is by boat . We got very wet but the whole experience was worth it, the lava flows are quite something, There...More

Thank mikey1379
OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your review Mike! The website has the GPS coordinates on the 'Visit' page under the section 'Driving Directions' but some GPS units seem to have the address wrong. Yes, visiting the site in the rain is quite a different experience usually with more...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a wonderful place to visit, a boat takes you across the water a short 5min ride. Once you are there, you follow the paths and directions for a self walking tour, the walk is fantastic and the sights are wonderful. There are no large...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 Rosaline! Yes, many of our visitors enjoy the peace and tranquility of the place and often comment on how they find themselves alone in the park with the wonderful vistas. Enjoy the rest of your NZ trip and a safe...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It took a while to get there but well worth the drive. friendly staff and price reasonable. maybe not the most spectacular of thermal areas but there were some great sights set in a well designed bush walk. apart from the short boat ride the...More

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

Thanks for your lovely review Kathleen. Yes, many of our reviewers comment on the peacefulness of the park and how they find themselves totally alone. With the silica terraces (the largest in New Zealand), 23 active geysers (more than any other park in NZ), the...More

Reviewed 7 August 2018

A great 3 hour trip. Easy drive from Taupo, across a lake by ferry and then a wonderful walk through thermal stuff. Steam, geysers, boiling mud. Colourful terraces, caves and fascinating NZ bush. Walk is not difficult with a board pathway. Kids will love it....More

Thank Laurie S
OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2018

Thanks for your lovely review Laurie! Yes, it's easy enough to get around in an hour but most of our reviewers agree that it's nice to take your time and enjoy the spectacular activity and views.

Reviewed 2 August 2018 via mobile

This is a beautiful spot and well worth the travel to get to. We had limited time in the Rotarua area and we were unhappy about not being able to see the many features particular to this region . At Orakei Korako you get everything....More

Thank Suchitra64
OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2018

Thanks for your wonderful review! Yes, we've got just about everything - 23 active geysers (more than any other NZ geothermal park), the largest silica terraces in New Zealand and one of only two geothermal caves in the world (as well as all the other...More

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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.
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
Raluca G
28 September 2017|
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