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Self-Guided Geothermal Tour in Orakei Korako

Taupo, New Zealand

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Experience the thrill of New Zealand’s volcanic landscapes on a self-guided tour of the Orakei Korako geothermal area. Follow the 1.5-mile (2.5km) boardwalk around the park and stop to admire startling silica terraces, peer into bubbling mud pools and watch hissing geysers. Be sure not to miss the Ruatapu Cave, one of only two geothermal caves in the world and home to a mesmerizing thermal mirror pool.
  • Self-guided tour of Orakei Korako geothermal area
  • Marvel over mud pools, hot springs, geysers and silica terraces
  • See the rare geothermal cave of Ruatapu
  • Round-trip ferry transfers included
  • Popular choice for families and kids!
  • Self-guided visit offers greater flexibility
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Self guided tour
Return ferry rides on demand
Food and drinks
Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
Guide - this tour is completely self-guided

Departure Point

Taupo, Taupo, Taupo District, Waikato Region, North Island

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Orakei Korako Cave Thermal Park

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Incredible spectacle of colours
, Aug 2020
Amazing spectacle, you wont be disappointed. I arrived on a fog filled morning in winter was chilly but that added to the ambience. You are taken across the lake on a short ferry ride to start the 2.5km walk around the thermals. There's a lot of stairs, that are safe and flat but watch your knees jarring coming down. The pathway climbs steadily (so reasonable fitness, not for the very elderly) up to different levels, for amazing views of steam mud blow holes coloured mineral glaciers, and amazing caves. Not suitable for pushchairs or buggies but young children can be carried in backpacks provided.
Awe inspiring experience
, Feb 2020
An amazing, awe-inspiring geothermal experience away from the crowds. Wonderful colours on the rocks, bubbling pools of water and mud. It’s a self-guided tour but clearly signed and explained. The short ferry trip across the lake gives added interest to the trip.
Absolutely recommend it, easy walk...
Russ H
, Dec 2017
Absolutely recommend it, easy walk and so much to see. We were lucky to catch a small gyser too.

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