Holidays in Orakei Korako Geothermal Park and Cave

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Orakei Korako Geothermal Park and Cave showing mist or fog and a river or creek

Walk through a volcanic landscape to see large silica terraces, mud pools and the only geothermal cave in New Zealand.

Orakei Korako Geothermal Park and Cave has some of the most active geysers of any of the geothermal parks in New Zealand. The dynamic thermal area also encompasses hot springs, bubbling pools of mud and a geothermal cave.

The natural attraction is situated on the Waikato River at Orakei Korako and features more than 250 hot springs and geysers. Go on a self-guided tour of the thermal park by walking along the wooden trails and by taking the native bush tracks. They will bring you close to geysers and mud pools, openings in the Earth’s crust from which steam and gases emerge. The walk takes between 1 and 2 hours and is considered to be suitable for all ages.

Make your way over to Ruatopu Cave, which is also known as The Sacred Hole. This is the only geothermal cave in New Zealand and one of two in the entire world. The cave falls to a depth of over 118 feet (36 meters) and at the bottom are the warm, acidic waters of the Waiwhakaata (Pool of Mirrors). Access to the cave is prohibited so peer into the cavernous space from the viewing platform.

At the bottom of the park are four silica terraces, which are created by thermal waters that flow from beneath the surface of the Earth. They are thought to be the largest of their kind after a volcanic eruption destroyed the Pink and White Terraces in 1886. Marvel at their colours, which are caused by algae and the silica-rich waters. The lowest terrace is the Emerald Terrace and each day up to 5.3 million gallons (20 million liters) of water can flow over it and into Lake Ohakuri.

Orakei Korako Geothermal Park and Cave is a 25-minute drive from Taupo and 45 minutes from Rotorua. Access to the site is by a short ferry trip across the lake, which departs from the Visitor Centre. Admission prices include the ferry ride and there are discounts for families. Children under 6 years of age get in for free.

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Wairakei Resort Taupo
Wairakei Resort Taupo
4 out of 5
640 Wairakei Road, Wairakei
The price is AU$122 per night from 16 Feb. to 17 Feb.
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Retro Caravan with luxury in mind
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Situated in Atiamuri, this romantic agritourism property is 2.1 mi (3.5 km) from Lake Ohakuri and 11.5 mi (18.5 km) from Waikite Valley Thermal Pools. Redwoods ...
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Lake Atiamuri 800m from boat ramp, wakeboard, bike the Waikato trail
Lake Atiamuri 800m from boat ramp, wakeboard, bike the Waikato trail
40 Tia Street, Atiamuri, Waikato
Located in Atiamuri, this family-friendly holiday home is 4.2 mi (6.8 km) from Lake Ohakuri, and within 20 mi (32 km) of Dunham Park and Orakei Korako Geothermal ...
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Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort
Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort
4.5 out of 5
76 Napier-Taupo Road, SH 5, Taupo
The price is AU$85 per night from 7 Feb. to 8 Feb.
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Wairakei Resort Taupo
Wairakei Resort Taupo
4 out of 5
640 Wairakei Road, Wairakei
The price is AU$122 per night from 16 Feb. to 17 Feb.
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Retro Caravan with luxury in mind
Retro Caravan with luxury in mind
696b Poutakataka rd, Atiamuri, Rotorua
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Lake Atiamuri 800m from boat ramp, wakeboard, bike the Waikato trail
Lake Atiamuri 800m from boat ramp, wakeboard, bike the Waikato trail
40 Tia Street, Atiamuri, Waikato
Lake Atiamuri 800m from boat ramp, wakeboard, bike the Waikato trail
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Atiamuri Family Bach
32 Tia St, Atiamuri, Waikato
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Golden Springs Motel and Holiday Park
Golden Springs Motel and Holiday Park
2 out of 5
4085 State Highway 5, RD2, Reporoa
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Hilton Lake Taupo
Hilton Lake Taupo
5 out of 5
80-100 Napier Road, Taupo
The price is AU$188 per night from 14 Feb. to 15 Feb.
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Quality Suites Huka Falls
Quality Suites Huka Falls
3 out of 5
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Grandeur Thermal Spa Resort
Grandeur Thermal Spa Resort
3 out of 5
The price is AU$90 per night from 31 Jan. to 1 Feb.
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