Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park - The Hidden Valley

Geothermal Wonders / Central

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 - 120 feet down, a thermal mirror pool is situated 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 1 hour.

Hours of Operation: Open from 8am. Last boat trip to the thermal area leaves 4.30pm during Daylight Saving, and 4pm in during non-Daylight Saving.
Transport is available from Tims Tours Shuttle Rotorua, and a Floatplane service is available from Rotorua Lakefront.
We offer FREE Overnight Campervan parking and WiFi with Ticket Purchase.

Qualmark Visitor Endorsed Activity

How to find us?
Price range

$36 - $92 NZD


494 Orakei Korako Road, R.D.2., Reporoa