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

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Must see · Hot Spring · Nature / Park
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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  • Orakei Karako geothermal park was well work the trip. An easy 45 ish minute drive from downtown Rotorua. Friendly people manning the counter and captaining the ferry across the Waikato river (3...  more »
  • Wonderful family activity. Family of five throughly enjoyed the walk through thermal park. Highlights included geysers, cave, bubbling mud and stunning colours. Well signposted and great information.....  more »
  • Absolutely spectacular! I've been living in NZ for 15 years and this was one of the best things I've ever done here. It was surreal, you're left alone to explore and there's so much to see. Other worldly! The kids from 3 to 12 years old loved it too and for anyone that says it's expensive, we went to Waitomo Caves last weekend and it was 3x the price! The place is in excellent condition, the kind of thing you don't mind spending money to look at because you can see that it all goes back into the place! Can't wait to come back :)
  • All the thermal activity that I was hoping to see. Easy walking board tracks. And easy access by boat from the Visitor Centre.
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