Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, Wai-O-Tapu

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Witness nature's power at work and admire the breathtaking landscapes at Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave. 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. Make Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave a centerpiece of your Wai-O-Tapu vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Wai-O-Tapu vacation app.
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  • Loved the easy walk around the park and the different sites/attractions. It's easy to just go and buy a ticket at the park -no need to pre-book a date and time. 
    Loved the easy walk around the park and the different sites/attractions. It's easy to just go and buy a ticket at the park -no need to pre-book a date and time.  more »
  • We thoroughly enjoyed our trip. The differing vistas were amazing, ticking things thermal in one place- steaming pools, bubbling mud, geysers, and lots of steam. There are a lot of stairs but we just....  more
    We thoroughly enjoyed our trip. The differing vistas were amazing, ticking things thermal in one place- steaming pools, bubbling mud, geysers, and lots of steam. There are a lot of stairs but we just....  more »
  • I found this hidden gem while looking for walks in Taupo. Booking tickets online was very easy. We were in wonder the moment we arrived with the peaceful setting looking over to see the steam rising.....  more
    I found this hidden gem while looking for walks in Taupo. Booking tickets online was very easy. We were in wonder the moment we arrived with the peaceful setting looking over to see the steam rising.....  more »
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  • There are places that look amazing in the photos but prove disappointing; and there are places where photos will never do it justice - Orakei Korako is that. You have to be there to FEEL how special it is. The walk flows beautifully - well thought out so you don’t miss a thing. So many magical sights to see - this is absolutely the best geothermal attraction I have ever visited. Thank you 🙏
  • My second visit to the park, the first time being in summer and now in winter. Such an amazing natural area with lots to see and learn about. Love the fact that it’s self guided - it’s so peaceful to wander round at your own pace. Staff super friendly and helpful. A must see when in the area
  • This is a very beautifully designed park that spans across the geothermal site. It's easy to walk for the whole family and not long at all for little kids. Magical early morning and late afternoon
  • What a privilege to be able to see this stunning place. Alot of steps but totally worth it! Highly recommend you come for yourself 😀
  • An amazing place with fantastic mud pools, the colors are beautiful. Great walkways and viewing platforms. Highly recommend

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