Orakei Korako Cave and Thermal Park – arguably NZ’s most spectacular thermal area

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.

Tucked away from other more popular thermal fields, Orakei Korako is (since the destruction of the Pink and White Terraces, at least) arguably NZ’s most spectacular thermal area, with active geysers, stunning terraces, bubbling rainbow lands and one of only two geothermal caves in the world. A 2.5km walking track (allow 1½ hours) follows stairs and boardwalks around the colourful silica terraces for which the park is famous.

🚘A leisurely 45-minute drive south of Rotorua or 25-minute drive north of Taupo is all that is required.

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