The Hidden Valley of Orakei Korako can be found along the Waikato River, between Taupo and Rotorua. The silica terraces of Orakei Korako are considered the largest mass since the Pink and White Terraces. Wander through the native bush surroundings and explore the valley with its gushing geysers, hot springs, and bubbling mud pools, and massive cave. Lonely Planet describes Orakei Korako as“…possibly the best thermal area left in New Zealand and one of the finest in the world”. Café and Gift Shop on site. Self-contained Campervans are welcome to overnight for Free, upon purchase of admission to the park.
Orakei Korako Cave and Geothermal Park – boasts the most active geysers of any geothermal park in New Zealand. Up to 23 active natural geysers play freely through the area, which is constantly changing. Marvel at the number of boiling hot springs and the vibrant colours all around you, or take a native bushwalk through this untouched geothermal paradise.
Somewhat ‘off the beaten track’, the Hidden Valley lies nestled in the Taupo Volcanic Zone between Taupo and Rotorua. Orakei Korako is a mere 25 minute drive from Taupo and 45 from Rotorua, and not far from State Highway 1 and State Highway 5. If you don’t feel like driving, why not take a shuttle, float plane or helicopter instead?