Orakei Korako Cave & Geothermal 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".

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.

Opening times

Business hours
8am to 4.30pm Daylight Saving 8.30am to 3.00pm Non Daylight Saving.
Months of operation
All Year


$49 (Adult)
$23 (Child)

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.

+64 7 378 3131
Physical address:
Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park
494 Orakeikorako Road, Reporoa
Taupō Town
New Zealand

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