Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park

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Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park

Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas • Hot Springs & Geysers
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8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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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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494 Orakeikorako Road, 3083 New Zealand
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wellingt0nkirby
Wellington, New Zealand308 contributions
Been 15 years since the adults in our party were last here. Visited with 3 generations including children aged 5,3 & <1. Children under 6 no charge - great start. The boat trip was highlight for Miss 3. The walk is challenging if you are 3 (or an unfit mid 60s) The younger of us could be carried. Views stunning and well worth it. Note cafe currently closed so snack food (icecream & crisps) available but bring your own picnic option easy.
Written 25 June 2022
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Thanks for your lovely review, we are delighted to see you again. Yes, the steps can be a bit tough for some of us as they ascend beside the silica terraces cascading down the hillside. We've tried to break them up with benches so you can take a breather and enjoy the spectacular views. The cafe is still shut thanks to covid and the lack of visitors but hopefully that will start changing soon! We hope to see you all again in the future!
Written 26 June 2022
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Drawingroomculture
Auckland Central, New Zealand36 contributions
Apr 2022
Loved the easy walk around the park and the different sites/attractions.
It's easy to just go and buy a ticket at the park -no need to pre-book a date and time.
Written 2 May 2022
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Thanks for your review,we are delighted to hear you enjoyed your trip! Yes, there are quite a few things to see at Orakei Korako - the largest silica terraces in New Zealand, one of only two geothermal caves in the world, all the geothermal activity you might expect (including 23 active geysers, more than any other NZ park), all set in a beautiful, natural setting. We hope to see you again in the future!
Written 9 May 2022
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U7549ZQamandam
10 contributions
Apr 2022
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip. The differing vistas were amazing, ticking things thermal in one place- steaming pools, bubbling mud, geysers, and lots of steam. There are a lot of stairs but we just took our time. Would definitely return.
Written 14 April 2022
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Thanks for your lovely review! Yes, we have everything you might find in a geothermal park also including the largest silica terraces in New Zealand and one of only two geothermal caves in the world! Yes, there are quite a few steps which take you past the incredible silica terraces as they cascade down the hillside. We've broken them up with benches so you can take a breather an enjoy the incredible views they offer. We look forward to seeing you again in the future!
Written 19 April 2022
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Eve
6 contributions
Mar 2022
I found this hidden gem while looking for walks in Taupo. Booking tickets online was very easy. We were in wonder the moment we arrived with the peaceful setting looking over to see the steam rising. I couldn't wait to get there to explore more. We were greeted by the owner who took us on the short boat ride over. The geysers performed and we got to see water running down the silica waterfall, just beautiful. There was so much to admire there, the geysers, the silica, the mud pools and the bush walk, yet my favourite had to be the Cave. It was so peaceful and majestic and is only one of two in the world found in a geothermal area, the other being Italy!. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who loves nature and look forward to telling all my friends about it.
Written 10 March 2022
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Thanks for your wonderful review Athina, we are delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit so much! In case you wanted to bring friends along for a visit and you live locally, you might be interested in our frequent visitor's pass (it's free!). This gives you free entry if you bring a paying guest or a 20% discount on future visits. We hope to see you again and look forward to welcoming your friends to the park.
Written 14 March 2022
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Nath
Auckland, New Zealand43 contributions
Jan 2022 • Family
We went with our little four friend and we all enjoyed the walk. The scenic sight was very interesting and the walk was nice easy. The walk way was well organised and we basically walk in a big loop which is great. We went to a few thermal parks and this park is one of the highlight for me.

When we went there it was very hot so highly recommend bringing water especially if you bring a dog with you. It might also be better in summer to come in the morning or evening (if you have a dog) as the ground get neutrally quite heated and your fit buddy might not like it. We all had an awesome time!
Written 9 March 2022
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Thanks for your lovely review we are glad to hear you all enjoyed your trip! Yes, it certainly can get hot across the river in the park and we recommend taking water, a hat and sunblock for your visit. If you don't bring a drink you can purchase one from the cafe or fill up a water bottle in our visitors centre. As you are obviously aware, dogs are welcome at Orakei Korako provided they on a leash at all times and any messes that may occur are cleaned up. It is the owner’s responsibility for the care of their dog and to make sure the dog is safe with other people along the walk. We hope to see you again in the future!
Written 14 March 2022
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Chris H
Napier28 contributions
Mar 2022
This has got to be one of New Zealand's little known treasures. We have visited most of New Zealand's thermal areas but this one has got to be the best because it is seriously understated, incredibly beautiful and undisturbed (natural). The board walks are well designed and you get to see it all from geysers, stream, boiling water and boiling mud, but best of all are the different colours created by silica and organisms across a terraced landscape - absolutely stunning. One place was called 'painter's pallet' (something like that anyway). A complete lack of 'touristy' gimmicks, and the unconducted tour begins with a short jet boat ferry across the lake. Extremely good value.
Written 4 March 2022
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Thanks for your wonderful review Chris, we are delighted to read your review. We have strived to maintain the park in as natural a state as possible with the board walks designed to blend with the scenery while keeping visitors safe and offering spectacular views of the terraces while the paths meander around the native bush. You are referring to what we call the Artist's Palette which is an almost level, 10,000m2 silica sinter terrace which fills an old hydrothermal eruption crater that formed between 8,000 - 14,000 years ago. We hope to see you again in the future!
Written 7 March 2022
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Shelley M
Albany, New Zealand441 contributions
Feb 2022
Had driven past the sign on previous trips to Taupo, and were pleased to go have a look. Super quiet and really helpful staff member. Was surprised at how great it was to be honest. The short boat trip across and really well laid out walkways. Lots of stairs but they are well done and really sturdy and wide. Really enjoyed our walk around. Small cafe had drinks and snacks and would be lovely on a nice day to sit outside with a cold drink by the lake. Toilet block are the cleanest loos I've seen. Really well worth a visit.
Written 10 February 2022
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Thanks for your lovely review Shelley, we are delighted that you enjoyed it so much! Yes, the detour to come and visit the park is a great way to break up a trip when you're travelling between Taupo and Rotorua and do something new, New Zealand! People often comment on how quiet it is when visiting the park and how they find themselves alone, the paths through the bush and the natural landscape help. Yes, it is wonderful to sit on the deck in the sun with a drink and maybe a snack and enjoy the views of the park and silica terraces; we hope you visit us again in the future and enjoy it yourself!
Written 13 February 2022
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AbbeyNZ
69 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
We really enjoyed our visit. The staff were very welcoming and helpful with advise for our trip. The facilities were great too (small shop with drinks and ice lollies and a toilet block). We especially loved that we were able to go with our dogs. Might be helpful for people taking dogs to know that the majority of the walk ways are boards with gaps in between with some plastic matting-so dogs would have to be ok with that. There are also lots of stairs and it’s 5 degrees warmer on the walk so possibly not good for older dogs or dogs on hot days.
Written 6 February 2022
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Thanks for your lovely review Abbey, we are delighted to hear you enjoyed your visit. Yes, dogs are welcome as long as they are on a leash and any messes are cleaned up. It is a lot hotter at the park so we always advise people to take drinking water with them. Either bring some with you or get some at the visitor centre. We hope to see you again in the future!
Written 7 February 2022
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KiwiExplorers
Manawatu-Wanganui Region, New Zealand40 contributions
Dec 2021
This was my third visit to this place and I still love it. The volcanic colours and activity from the geysers and lakes is amazing and rivals what you can see at many of the Rotorua geothermal parks. I think a new section of track has been added since my last visit in 2012, as there's now a bush walk section and some much bigger and more interesting mud pools after Aladdin's cave, that I don't remember seeing last time. There are a lot of stairs you have to climb on the walk, but there are many benches you can stop at to rest. We spent about an hour wandering around the park. There is a cafe available, which despite the website saying is "closed until further notice" and BookMe saying "open on weekends", was open during the week.
Written 2 January 2022
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Thanks for your wonderful review, we are delighted to have welcomed you back for a third time! Yes, there have been a few changes since 2012 with the bush walk and some track updates. Yes, there are quite a few steps as you ascend with the silica terraces but as you also point out, we have added benches to break up the longer sections to give you a breather and take in the spectacular views. We hope to see you again in the future!
Written 16 January 2022
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straightline
christchurch9 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
Thoroughly enjoyed our vist, the staff were friendly and informative. There is lots to see but at your own leisure. The paths are well constructed and signposted. Plenty of rest spots and great photo opportunities.
Written 30 December 2021
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Thanks for your lovely review! Yes, there certainly is a lot to see - 23 active geysers (more than any other NZ park), the amazing silica terraces (the largest in NZ), the geothermal cave (one of only two in the world) as well as all the geothermal activity you expect to see. Enjoy the rest of your NZ tour and a safe journey back to Christchurch.
Written 16 January 2022
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