Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, Taupo District

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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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  • We visited on a misty morning but as we enjoyed a lakeside coffee the must lifted and we could see the far shore where we were taken by boat. The walk around was magical and perfect. The walkways are ...  more »
  • Twice I been here and I have not been disappointed. Really great staff and the scenery is stunning. Well worth the effort and time.  more »
  • Loved walking around the thermal vents/geyser/springs/cave and seeing the variety of things on offer. Well formed paths and signs pointing out what to look at. Loved the freedom of walking on a self g...  more »
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  • Must see place. Take your time and taken in everything. Has spectacular wonders of nature.
  • Very interesting park and much quieter than the other parks near Rotorua and on the main roads. A short boat ride and then a nice walk for around 1.5hours up stairs and on boardwalks. Very interesting geothermal activity. The cave, in my opinion, wasn't very interesting, however it is just a tiny part of the park.
  • Great walk with a very quick ferry either side of the lake (Ferry driver has a call buzzer to come and collect you if currently on the other side of the lake, usually takes him about a minute to cross). Suggested walk time is an hour to an hour and a half, highly recommend taking water and redoing sunscreen before starting the walk! Has quite a few stairs but the terrain is more than walkable at a gentle pace for those worried about it
  • Slightly off the beaten track, but well worth the extra travel. A nice board walk takes you through the park and the are some good geothermal features. A major plus is that the main site hasn't been overly developed and commercialised
  • Pricy but worth it. We had an awesome time, they take you from the reception over to the other side of the lake via boat where you can enjoy the geothermal wonders like geysers, mudpools, springs and silica terraces, all via very well made and maintained walkways. Some great scenery, really worth with any age of kids. Good for the elderly too as long as you can walk many steps.