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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  • Very good alternative to the Park in Rotorua which costs a little more (~ 54Dollar the day ticket) here the day ticket costs $36. Everything else is already in the ratings. Run around one and a half hours.
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  • I give this place a good rating because its a good thermal park. However, we went to Te Puia a couple days before and that probably would have been enough for me. But it depends, if you really like th...  more »
  • Saw this spot mentioned in a book as a good detour on the way to Lake Taupo. There is quite a bit here to see, and it's WAY, WAY better than the spots closer to Taupo (Craters of the Moon and the Wair...  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.