Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park

Orakei Korako 'The Place of Adorning' - a spectacular Geothermal attraction. Lonely Planet Travellers Guide writes: “ Orakei Korako is arguably the best thermal area left in New Zealand".


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Situated between Taupo & Rotorua on the banks of the Waikato River (Lake Ohakuri) lies The Hidden Valley of Orakei Korako Cave and Thermal Park. Off the beaten tourist track it is at once breath-taking in its beauty, and yet spine – chilling in the might of its unbridled subterranean power. Orakei Korako is reached by a short ferry trip over the tranquil Lake Ohakuri.

A leisurely 45-minute drive south of Rotorua or 25-minute drive north of Taupo is all that is required. The Hidden Valley of Orakei Korako Cave and Thermal Park is open from 8am till 4.00pm every day of the year. Access to Orakei Korako is by boat. Average sightseeing time is about 1 hour. The tour is self-guided, boats do not run to a timetable, but on demand.

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Physical address

494 Orakeikorako Road, Reporoa, Taupō Town, New Zealand.

Pricing and Conditions

Adult $42.00
(16 year(s) and under)
Other charges:
Family $109 (2 Adults and 2 or more Children). Children under 6 are free
Further pricing information:
Admission prices include the short ferry trip across the lake from the Orakei Korako Visitor Centre to the geothermal attraction, along with entrance to the valley and cave. The ferry runs on demand each day from 9am, with the last trip to the valley at 3pm. Bookings are not required but can be made in advance. All quoted prices are GST inclusive.
Cancellation policy:
Online Bookings are non refundable.

Facilities and Features

Proximity to town:
25 minutes drive North of Taupo 45 minutes drive south of Rotorua

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Opening times

Business hours:
8am to 4.30pm Daylight Saving 8.30am to 3.00pm Non Daylight Saving
Months of operation:
All months of the year

Language support

  Written Spoken
Chinese (Traditional) YES NO
French YES NO
German YES NO
Japanese YES NO
Korean YES NO
Spanish YES NO

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