Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park - The Hidden Valley
Situated just 45 minutes south of Rotorua and nestled on the shores of Lake Ohakuri lies the hidden valley of Orakei Korako Cave and Thermal Park.
Orakei Korako means "the place of adorning".
Wander through a valley of unbelievable colour, bubbling hot springs, gushing geysers and unimaginable natural beauty preserved by its isolation from the outside world. Scenes from the BBC's Natural History Series "Walking with Dinosaurs" were filmed at Orakei Korako.
Ruatapu Cave, one of only two geothermal caves known to exist in the world, is an experience not to be missed. Look 120 feet down into the cave to see a thermal mirror pool at the bottom.
Lonely Planet Travellers Guide wrote, "Orakei Korako is arguably the best thermal area left in New Zealand."
Access to Orakei Korako is by boat, at no extra charge. Boats do not run to a timetable, so you may visit the valley as soon as you arrive if you wish. Average sightseeing time is about one hour.
FREE overnight campervan parking and Wi-Fi are available with your ticket purchase.