Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, Taupo District
(4.6/5 based on 850+ reviews on the web)
Witness nature's power at work and admire the breathtaking landscapes at Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park. Known for centuries for its geysers, thermal pools, terraces, and naturally carved geological formations, this area remains one of New Zealand's oldest and best-known tourist attractions. The famous Ruatapu Cave, with its pool of warm acid water, is just one of numerous monuments of geothermal activity you'll encounter in the area. A network of boardwalks gives you easy access to all of the thermal field's main points of interest, but be aware that numerous steps along the trail make it difficult to navigate for wheelchairs. However, the visitor's center is fully accessible to everyone, and in addition to souvenirs, informative material, and cold drinks it provides free-of-charge baby carriers to visitors with little ones. Plan your Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park visit and explore what else you can see and do in Wai-O-Tapu using our Wai-O-Tapu vacation planner.
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TripAdvisor
  • Really interesting place. A really good experience. Self guided walk takes about 2 hours or so. Excellently maintained walkways allow you to get close to the geothermal activity. Enjoyed it much more ...  more »
  • have gone here for the third time. They cut many trees which improved the scenery. It's different every time with all the rainbow of colours, particularly on a day with blue skies and some clouds. A m...  more »
  • The Orakei Korako cave and thermal park is a very nice place to visit. A little off the beaten track means it is not so heavily visited and it was nice to wander around without many people there. The ...  more »
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  • If you love geography or geology and just want to enjoy the work of hot springs. This is a place for you. Children will love it. Adults will enjoy it. Also have cafe for you to relax and chill after a long walk
  • Amazing geothermal sights -- and you get to be up close and personal with them. 30 minutes outside of Taupo makes this just far enough to get a sense of how pristine this site is. Ferry ride is less than 2 minutes for those who aren't seafarers!
  • This park was one of my favorites on my trip. The people there were really friendly and definitely added to the joy of seeing sites. I would recommend this to any one and was well worth the drive. Allot less tourists which added to the experience.
  • What a great visit! A fantastic, self-guided walk with lots to see. My favourite was the Soda Fountain towards the end.
  • We came here via the Riverjet Thermal Safari and it was a great experience. It takes roughly about an hour to see the entire park on your own and the geysers from up close, which was an exciting activity. We were expecting it to be a guided tour so as to know more about this wonderful natural phenomena, but a self guided tour isn't so bad either. There are plenty of good hot spots to see and even a cave. Lots of colored geography as well. This surely one of the better geothermal areas in the region. I'd advise it to everyone to visit it over the several other more commercially popular ones.