Orakei Korako Thermal Area exploration starts with a short boat trip across Ohakuri (Cloak of the Dog) Dam completed 1961. There are up to 23 active natural.
Up to 23 active natural geysers play freely through the area, which is constantly changing. The chemical composition of the geothermal water is vividly on display with the colours of the rainbow coating the hillsides and valley surfaces with orange, reds, yellows and green shades together with white undercoats. The walk is through rengenerating bush on wide even boardwalks, there are a few steps in places (clearly signposted) and the walk is suitable for all fitness levels. The walk itself is not suitable for buggies or wheelchairs. The area welcomes dogs on a lease.
Orakei Korako has been an important settlement site of Ngati Tahu for many generations. The settlement of Orakei Korako consisted of a fortified pa on the left bank above the river and a living area on the flats beside the river amidst the geysers and hot pools.
Open every day 8.30am – 3.30pm
VISIT DURATION: 3 hours (including cafe and lake waters massage).
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