After our visit to the Wai-O-Tapu geothermal region this morning, we continued along State Highway 5 to the Orakei Korako geothermal area,about 30 kilometres away.
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The Orakei Korako Geothermal Region
After we had parked our car in the visitor parking lot, we bought tickets in the adjacent small visitor center.
Although there is much less going on here (compared to Wai-O-Tapu), the entrance fee is even more: NZD 36.00 (approx. 23 Euros). After the ticket purchase, a small boat will take you to the other side of the Waikato River.
The circuit through Orakei Korako
From there, there is also a circular route through the area – past geysers, small collapsed craters, water and mud holes and a cave. Unfortunately it started raining again and again, which is why we were quite soaked.
After 1.5 hours we arrived at the jetty again and took the boat back to the visitor center.
The Huka Waterfalls
From Orakei Korako we continued on Highway 1 south. Shortly before the village of Taupo on Lake Taupo, near Highway 1, there are Huka Falls (map in Google Maps). Here we made a short photo stop.
Our Hotel Turangi
With a short stopover for dinner in Taupo we arrived at our accommodation Sportsman’s Lodge in Turangi around 6 pm. Our room was clean but super small. The bathroom was tubular and also very small. In the room is a wall heating, which has worked well. In the building there is a lounge and a fully equipped kitchen, which can all be used freely. Wi-Fi was free and worked well. Free parking is available on site and a supermarket is in the immediate vicinity.
All travelogues from New ZealandFor 11 days we explored New Zealand from north to south by rental car on our own. We started our trip on the North Island in the city of Auckland, we experienced the tremendous underground forces in Wai-O-Tapu and Orakei Korako, we explored the capital Wellington, drove across the New Zealand Alps, did a glacier hike on the Fox Glacier, before we finished with a trip through the UNESCO World Heritage Site Milford Sound. New Zealand is a really beautiful country that we enjoyed incredibly.
» North Island: Waitomo – The Waitomo Glowworm Caves (New Zealand)
» North Island: Rotorua & The geothermal area Wai-O-Tapu (New Zealand)
» North Island: Orakei Korako – The geothermal region in Taupo (New Zealand)
» North Island: The Tongariro Alpine Crossing & the city of Wellington (New Zealand)
» North Island / South Island: Picton – The ferry from the North Island to the South Island (New Zealand)
» South Island: Abel Tasman National Park – Hiking & Boat tour (New Zealand)
» South Island: Pancake Rocks & the Sea Lions at Cape Foulwind (New Zealand)
» South Island: The Franz Josef Glacier in Westland National Park (New Zealand)
» South Island: Fox Glacier – Heli-Hike, Glacier Walk & Ice Climbing (New Zealand)
» South Island: New Zealand Alps – From Franz-Josef to Milford Sound (New Zealand)
» South Island: Milford Sound – A boat trip through the fjord (New Zealand)
» South Island: Road to Milford Sound & the town of Queenstown (New Zealand)