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Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park

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494 Orakeikorako Road, 3083, New Zealand
+64 7-378 3131
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Self-Guided Geothermal Tour in Orakei Korako
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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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  • Very good26%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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494 Orakeikorako Road, 3083, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to Orakei Korako Cave & thermal park recently and it was just stunning. It was a wet day but that did not dampen our visit at all. The ride across to the park on the boat was a brilliant way to start. The...More

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

Thanks for your wonderful review Carol, we are delighted to hear you all enjoyed yourselves! Wet days can actually make your visit more spectacular and the park is constantly changing as the environment changes. Enjoy the rest of your trip and a safe journey back...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went here last week and found it to be fairly good. Probably just as good as any of the other geothermal parks in the area but a lot of steps to go up and down. We took just over an hour to walk around....More

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

Thanks for your review. Yes, there are quite a lot of steps, that is of course the nature of a silica terrace, they form on hillsides. We have strived to make the steps as easy to manage as possible and have placed benches at strategic...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We only wanted to visit one geothermal park & after researching found Orakei to be the most affordable. Get the ticket online & you get 10% off as well. It was the best decision we made as it turned out to be the best. Firstly...More

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

Thank you for your wonderful review, we are delighted to hear you enjoyed it. You make the very good point of the beautiful view from the top, we rarely ever mention this! Yes, we have a wider range of geothermal activities than any other NZ...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This centre was recommended to us by a local and we’re so glad we visited. The view on arrival at Orakei Korako set the scene for a delightful few hours. The views across the lake to the steaming park were just a perfect setting. The...More

Thank Debbie H
OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for your wonderful review Debbie, I think you captured Orakei Korako perfectly and am delighted to hear you enjoyed it so much. Enjoy the rest of your trip to NZ and a safe journey back to Australia.

Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

Firstly this is not a place to take children. All you see is basically steam bubbling water and mud. Now this would make you wonder why I gave it 4 stars. It was relaxing and as a grown up I found there was something mesmerising...More

Thank sdc1701
OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for your review, we are delighted to hear you enjoyed it. Yes, there are a couple of steep parts where we have put in steps which isn't really practical for a stroller. We do have backpacks suitable for children under the age of two...More

Reviewed 9 November 2017

Have been coming to Taupo for years and finally got round to visiting Orakei Korako - wow!. We visited on a wet, wild sort of day and totally loved it. This is the best Geothermal place I have visited in NZ and the setting is...More

Thank Robyn B
OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 12 November 2017

Thank you for your lovely review Robyn, we are delighted to hear how much you enjoyed it! If you come again, especially if you bring other guests, mention it to our staff before you get your tickets.

Reviewed 6 November 2017

You take a small ferry from the administration office, across to the park and from there you can wander the paths until you're ready to return. Looking back at the photographs we took you wouldn't think the colours are accurate - it is such a...More

Thank PackHorseUk
OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 12 November 2017

Thank you for your wonderful review! Many people comment on how much quieter it is here than any other geothermal park often finding themselves completely alone as they wander round and how much that enhanced their experience. We also have more to offer than any...More

Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

As a geologist, I can say that this geothermal park is well worth the $36 entry fee. The boiling pools and mud craters overflow the fault scraps and create huge colorful silica terraces all the way to the adjacent lake surface. Easy to get to...More

Thank B M
OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2017

Thanks for your review! I expect that you found the geothermal cave, being one of only two in the world, very interesting to see also. The boat shuttle is necessary as there is no access to the park from the other side of the lake....More

Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

Worth the drive from either Rotorua or Taupo! Super quick boat ride over to the area with boardwalks and well laid out trails. Nice cafe offering free wifi. Amazing sights!

Thank kinx81
OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2017

Thanks for your lovely review, we are delighted that you consider Orakei Korako to be the best geothermal park. Enjoy the rest of your NZ trip and a safe journey back to Canada.

Reviewed 28 October 2017

The park is in a beautiful, peaceful setting. When I visited there were only a few other tourists there, giving space and time to enjoy this amazing natural phenomenon. There are a lot of steps, but strategically placed benches allow you to sit and enjoy...More

Thank Lesley W
OrakeiKorako, Manager at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2017

Thank you for your review Lesley, we are glad you enjoyed your trip. Lots of people comment on finding themselves alone viewing the spectacles and their heightened enjoyment as a consequence for lots of different reasons. Enjoy the rest of your trip to NZ and...More

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