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Wander through the Hidden Valley and visit the thermal Ruatapu Cave which extends more than 36m down into volcanic tuff to the 'Waiwhakaata' or 'Pool of Mirrors' hot pool at the bottom.
Orakei Korako boasts the most active geysers of any geothermal park in New Zealand. Up to 23 active natural geysers play freely through the area, which is constantly changing. Marvel at the number of boiling hot springs and the vibrant colours all around you, or take a native bushwalk through this untouched geothermal paradise. The Lonely Planet Guide describes Orakei Korako as "...arguably the best thermal area left in New Zealand".
Somewhat 'off the beaten track', the Hidden Valley lies nestled in the Taupo Volcanic Zone between Taupo and Rotorua. Orakei Korako is a mere 25 minute drive from Taupo and 45 from Rotorua, and not far from State Highway 1 and State Highway 5. If you don't feel like driving, why not take a shuttle, float plane or helicopter instead?
This is a great activity for anyone staying in Taupo or Rotorua, whether you're a tourist, a local, or simply someone looking to enjoy a unique slice of New Zealand. Orakei Korako offers a tourism experience without the thronging crowds.
Feel free to bring the whole family - even your dog! Start your adventure with a piping hot latté from our MudCake Café - and finish with delicious fresh baking and a glass of wine. Stay connected while you're here with free wi-fi at the Visitor Centre.
Admission prices include the ferry trip to and from the attraction, along with entrance to the valley and cave. The ferry runs on demand from 8am each morning, with the last trips leaving at 4.00pm over the winter months and 4.30pm during Daylight Saving. Get your tickets today - we're looking forward to meeting you!
North Island ▷ Rotorua Region ▷ Reporoa
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Andrew Hugh Hart
This was a great viewing experience I would recommend going. However my 11 year old son had a negative experience that soured our day. He accidentally left a library book behind in the cafe. The next day we found it in the middle of the road ripped up and obviously tossed out a car window. The staff were helpful informing me.
I suspect there are shady types hanging round this cafe so be careful! Disappointed by this pointless act of vandalism (bastardry)
A remote location on the river Waikato, without the crowds at other Rotorua sites. An incredible geothermal landscape.
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Very interesting and not crowded at all. Untouched nature.
We have visited this volcanic valley, we have enjoyed even if we found the visit quite expensive We did not know that we would need to pay to visit 'natural gift of nature'.
This is a review of the overnight parking for self-contained campervans if a ticket for the thermal area is purchased. As an overnight camping spot It doesn't get better than this. The views across the lake to the terraces were stunning. At times the water is warm enough and not too hot for bathing. We were the only van camped overnight so super quiet. The staff were very nice. We arrived at about 3:30pm and planned to visit the thermal area the next day. (boat ride across the lake). They asked if we wanted to see the thermal area now and still go the next day. We took them up on the offer. They have nice toilets with sinks that they offered to keep open all night for us. They even have free internet which was very fast - no telephone reception though. I strongly recommend camping and the thermal area itself is one of the best
Geothermal area on a little island. Very interesting geothermal pools and boat trip and free coffee.
Here you will see some waterfalls of all colours, blue and orange are the main ones - the walk is very simple and the track is very well done. You will remember this place!
Quite expensive, but very nice to see, especially when you have not seen volcanic activity before.