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
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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2-3 hours
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Ade531
Napier, New Zealand8 contributions
Thermal park with kids
May 2021 • Family
We were so impressed with this visit, we have 3 young girls 3-9 years old so needed somewhere they could manage getting round. The trip started off with a boat trip across the lake, then explore at our leisure. Walkways were all timber and well signposted, discrete barriers on the more active thermal areas. Kids loved seeing all the geological wonders up close.
Well worth a visit!
Written 13 June 2021
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ShonaMargaret
Auckland, New Zealand175 contributions
Magical mystical thermal wonderland
Apr 2021
We visited on a pristine perfect weather day. The short ferry ride across the lake towards the steaming slopes is a great start from which to wander the 2.5 km around the area. The track is mostly board walk and steps in excellent condition.. The geyser blew unprompted which was a bonus especially against the blue sky and with no wind. At the bubbling mud pools we insisted the children stop and listen to the gentle and eerie plop pop plop.
An easy walk. Not suitable for push chair or wheel chair .
There is plenty of safety information, but this walk would be improved with basic information on the area, why the colours are as they are, history, geology, geography etc . A chart of birds potentially seen etc. We did note that some trees /plants are named.
I recommend checking the weather forecast before the visit.
Written 4 May 2021
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Thanks for your lovely review! Yes, it's pretty special when a geyser goes off without warning. There are 23 active geysers in the park and they all go off to their own timetable. There is a fantastic book available in reception which details all the geothermal activity, much of which is also on our website. We have labelled much of the flora in the park as you noted. You raise an interesting thought about birds potentially seen, perhaps we should have that in the Visitor Centre? We hope to see you again in the future!
Written 9 May 2021
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Louise & Ewen
3 contributions
Great Experience well worth the trip.
Mar 2021 • Couples
The cave was spectacular, seeing all the formations & hot water running thru. Colours amazing. The paths & signage very clear. The man that took us over in boat friendly & thanked us for coming.
This is the time to see these sights, when not so many tourists around. Spectacular thermal area.
Written 28 March 2021
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Thanks for your lovely review Louise, we are glad to hear you enjoyed your trip. Yes, the cave is one of only two geothermal caves in the world so almost unique too! The boardwalks and paths were designed to blend into the natural landscape whilst keeping you as close as possible to the geothermal activity and the silica terraces. As you noted, we like to put signs up for just about everything including all the flora in the park. Thank you for your custom, we hope to see you again in the future!
Written 28 March 2021
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AllanJGJ
Wellington, New Zealand3,303 contributions
Impressive all round!
Mar 2021
This is a brilliant site to see some easily accesible geothermal activity. A nice little boat trip across the river and a pleasant two kilometre plus stroll around the site makes for a pleasant hour or so viewing some amazing natural phenomena. We were impressed by the infrastructure - good quality steps and explanatory boards - and even more impressed by Nick the young man who ferried us across the river. It's a family business and he's rightly proud of it; he was more than happy to spend time chatting to us about the site and the difficulties of operating a small business in the face of covid. A definite asset to the business and a credit to his family. When he said thank you for our support it was obviously sincerely meant. This is a site worth visiting for it's natural wonders and a business worth supporting for it's contribution to the region.
Written 16 March 2021
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Thanks for your review Allan! Yes, we are very proud of the business and do our utmost to make our customers' visits as enjoyable as possible with the steps and boardwalks designed to blend into the amazing scenery. Yes, covid has been a big problem for the tourism industry in New Zealand but we are glad to see lots of Kiwis supporting us. We hope to see you again in the future!
Written 22 March 2021
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Roger B
Wellington, New Zealand7 contributions
Welcoming team
Feb 2021 • Couples
Blown away by the enthusiastic welcome and passionate sharing of the background to this thermal wonderland. Great track through the bubbling mud pools very well maintained and fantastic viewing platforms. So much work has gone into creating this place and dog friendly too. An upmarket ambiance to the facilities and deck to enjoy a coffee after. Highly recommend.
Written 24 February 2021
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Thanks for your wonderful review Roger! Yes, we've spent a lot of time on the board walks and platforms and have tried to blend them into the natural landscape as much as possible in order to retain the natural look of the park. We hope to see you again in the future!
Written 1 March 2021
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Alexander
1 contribution
A unique hidden paradise!
Feb 2021
A unique hidden paradise to discover volcanic treasures and stunning landscapes.
You can see the love of the family business in every corner.
Written 16 February 2021
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Thanks for your review Alexander, we really appreciate your comments particularly about the love we show the business. Yes, there are plenty of treasures here! We have 23 active geysers (more than any other NZ park), the stunning silica terraces (the largest in NZ) and one of only two geothermal caves in the world! We hope to see you again in the future.
Written 21 February 2021
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Seiya
1 contribution
Hidden geothermal gem
Feb 2021 • Family
Bit of a drive, but there's a reason this place is the #1 tourism location in Taupo. The facilities are all clean, scenery is magnificent, well maintained, geysers are very beautiful. It could get quite hot in summer, so don't forget sunblock and water
Written 6 February 2021
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Thanks for your review! Yes, we strive to maintain both the park and facilities in a pristine state and keep the park as natural as possible. It does indeed get very hot across the river at the park and sunblock and water are well advised. If you forget to bring them we have a range of beverages at the visitor centre and also supply tap water for your bottles. We hope to see you again in the future!
Written 8 February 2021
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Raewyn Knight
Auckland, New Zealand20 contributions
A unique hidden gem
Jan 2021
It really is a hidden gem that is worth the effort to get to. Anyone driving near Taupo should experience it.
Written 26 January 2021
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Thanks for your review Raewyn. Yes, the park is situated between Taupo and Rotorua and a perfect morning or afternoon trip for anyone visiting Taupo or Rotorua. We hope to see you again in the future.
Written 8 February 2021
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antoniosk
Wellington, New Zealand224 contributions
An excellent experience well worth visiting!
Jan 2021 • Family
This is somewhere my wife has wanted to see for a long time... and the unique situation in 2021 meant we were able to visit (as of writing NZ borders are still closed due to Covid).

The park is a wee drive to get to, through some very classic NZ rural scenery (grass, enormous trees etc), but is worth driving to for the experience. It’s a really great park.

The facilities are well setup with ample parking, toilets and the visitor centre. There is no mobile coverage but excellent free wifi at the venue, and the crew provide free sunblock (spf50) if you need it, and top up of your water bottle - and you will need water.

There is a short ride across the Waikato river from the venue to the park, and from there it’s a 2.5km walk around a well built timber path. Most parts don’t have guard rails, but if anyone in your group is that rampant perhaps don’t bring them along. The path gets you up close to a number of thermal vents with boiling water, steam and smells.

This is why you go - to get as close to raw nature as possible - and you will see it up close.

On our visit it was late January so the water levels are lower than typical, and even then it was spectacular. I imagine in winter and spring it’s quite something.

The location is quoted as being 4-5 degrees warmer, and we agree - take water, bring a hat, wear sunblock. It’s worth it and very easy to do.

$40pp and about 1-2 hours depending on party size and how busy the park is.

If you live in NZ now, Go see it. This is a quality location with huge investment in facilities, and deserves support. $40 is not expensive for the service being supplied!
Written 23 January 2021
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Thanks for your wonderful review, we are delighted to hear you enjoyed it so much. Yes, there is plenty to see here - 23 active geysers (more than any other NZ park), the incredible silica terraces (the largest in NZ), the geothermal cave (one of only two in the world) and all the other geothermal activity you might expect. We hope to see you again in the future, perhaps later in the year when, as you suggest, it can be very different indeed!
Written 24 January 2021
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rawhiti
Dunedin42 contributions
well worth it
Nov 2020
honestly so nice to be here without the crowds. Friendly staff. Beautiful scenery and thermal features, plus a pretty bush walk at the end. The pathways are really well maintained. Be aware there are a lot of steps, but they are well proportioned and not too difficult. Think it would be the best thermal area I've experienced, really liked the Golden Fleece cliffs. Also a nice drive from the main road through a pretty valley to get to the park
Written 24 November 2020
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Thanks for your lovely review Rawhiti, we are delighted to see you enjoyed it so much! Yes, we strive to maintain the park in as pristine and natural a state as possible with the boardwalks designed to sit quietly in the landscape while providing you with the ability to get up close to the features. We hope you come and visit us again in the future!
Written 29 November 2020
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