Orekei Korako is possibly the best thermal area left in NZ and one of the finest in the world – as written in Lonely Planet.
We definitely agree as it is the most impressive we have seen, with amazing colors in the silica terraces which were formed by an earthquake in 131AD. We followed the boardwalks through lush native bush, over hot steaming terraces, past bubbly hot springs, geysers and boiling mud pools to a spiritual cave. And even though it hisses and bubbles with activity, it still felt a very calm and peaceful place.
A very unique and beautiful area, not to be missed when travelling in the Rotorua/Taupo area.