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Orakei Korako
Orakei Korako

Orakei Korako

494 Orakei Korako Rd, Rd 2, Reporoa

The Basics

Take a self-guided tour of the geothermal park by following a 1.5-mile (2.5-kilometer) boardwalk. Admission tickets includes round-trip ferry transport, which carries you from the visitor center to the geothermal field. The geothermal area is only accessible by boat.

For a more thrilling journey, travel by float plane. Flights usually take off directly from the Waikato River and land at Orakei Korako to explore, before soaring over the nearby Huka Falls on the return leg. You can also get to Orakei Korako by a jet boat on the Waikato River, passing the sheer cliffs of Tutukau Gorge along the way.

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Taupo Day Trip with Orakei Korako from Rotorua
Taupo Day Trip with Orakei Korako from Rotorua
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$184.11 per adult
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Awesome Experience
So much in love with this country! New Zealand is the best place for solo travelers like me! It is so green in the New Zealand! I thought I am not a nature lover but when I see NZ..it was so beautiful! My Taupo amd Waiotapu tour are so beautiful! Our tour guide is the best! And my fellow travellers are the best who are from HK.
ellasalac, Jul 2018

Recent reviews from experiences in Taupo

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Nice trio grom Rotorua to Taupo
PaulBG, Dec 2019
Taupo Day Trip with Orakei Korako from Rotorua
If you want to visit Orakei Korako from Rotorua it is reasonable to take this trip as it allows you to take a look at Huka Falls and Taupo lake/town as well, although last ones are not so fascinating as the rest of places in the area. It's quite an easy going experience with a good guide.
star-5
Very convenient since we needed to...
California Tourist, Jan 2018
Taupo Day Trip with Orakei Korako from Rotorua
Very convenient since we needed to end up in Taupo from Rotorua. Tour guide, Rick was very accommodating, knowledgeable and added nice value-add-on touches to the tour since we were the only group of 3 I suppose. Highly recommend this tour group.
star-4
Good trip i was the only person , i...
aayalina, Dec 2017
Taupo Day Trip with Orakei Korako from Rotorua
Good trip i was the only person , i visited geothermical parks and took incredible pictures.I recommend it.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • There is Wi-Fi at the visitor center and café.

  • Ferries from the visitor center run on demand.

  • There are lots of steps at Orakei Korako, which makes it unsuitable for wheelchairs and strollers.

  • There are plenty of benches to rest on while making your way around the site.

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How to Get There

Orakei Korako is a 30-minute drive from Taupo. Follow State Highway 1 north for about 12 miles (20 kilometers) and then take the Tutukau Road turnoff; look out for the Orakei Korako signposts. Driving from Rotorua takes about 45 minutes.

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When to Get There

Orakei Korako is an off-the-beaten-path attraction and is therefore quieter than other geothermal sites in Taupo. Arrive for the site’s early morning opening time to experience it at its quietest.

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The Meaning Behind the Names

The name Orakei Korako means the Place of Adorning. In times past, Maori women from the Ngati Tahu iwi (tribe) used to come to this area to bathe and prepare for various ceremonies. Among the most eye-catching thermal features at the site is the hot jewel-toned pool at the bottom of Ruatapu Cave. This pool is known as Waiwhakaata (Pool of Mirrors).

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