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Destination guides > Pacific Islands > New Zealand > Waikato > Lake Taupo > Orakei Korako

Orakei Korako

Located around mid-way between Taupo and Rotorua, Orakei Korako (also known as the Hidden Valley) is one of the world’s largest geothermal areas, famed for both its geysers and its silica terraces including the jade-green Emerald Terrace.


Although two-thirds of the active thermal area – some 200 hot springs and 70 geysers – were flooded when a lake was formed for a hydro power plant in 1961, Orakei Korako remains the largest geyser field in New Zealand with 35 active geysers.


The most famous geyser is the Diamond Geyser, an unpredictable geyser whose eruptions of up to 9m sometimes last for several hours and other times only for a few minutes.
Orakei Korako is also home to the Ruatapu Cave – one of only two caves in the world to exist in a geothermal field.

Coming & going

The park is around a half-hour drive north of Taupo and is easiest to get to with a car.

 

If you don't have a car you can take the shuttle bus from the Taupo i-SITE visitor information centre.

 

Another option is NZ Riverjet Thermal Safaris, wihch operate jet boat rides from Taupo to Orakei Korako. This costs $145, which includes one hour of jet boating and entry to Orakei Korako.

Sightseeing, museums & tourist attractions

Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park

Access to the park is by a ferry trip across Lake Ohakuri. This impressive thermal park features a dazzling array of thermal features that include hot springs, geysers and silica terraces and there is also a rare geothermal cave with a warm mineral pool.

494 Orakei Korako Road, Reporoa (25min north of Taupo)
Tel (07) 378 3131
Website www.orakeikorako.co.nz
Admission $31
Open summer 8am-4.30pm daily; winter 8am-4pm daily


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