Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park, Taupo District

Categories: Hot Springs, Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
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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  • We visited this park and we were sincerely impressed with the set up, display and history - not to mention that there were no crowds as it was a bit out of town but definitely worth the trip. Only 20 ...  read more »
  • The walk around the geothermal park was really interesting and thankfully didn't have the crowds that can sometimes be at other parks. Good signage throughout which enabled you to do a self guided wal...  read more »
  • We visited here questioning whether this was the best choice and found it was an excellent choice. The walk is all on Boardwalk and very well laid out. We saw the silica falls, bunking cauldrons, mud ...  read more »
  • 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.
  • The geothermal park is very nice and safe to visit as long as you stay on the walkways. Parent with young children need to be vigilant! There are a number of ponds with boiling water and mud. Visiting the park is almost like walking on another planet.
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