Orakei Korako

These are photos of Orakei Korako, the Hidden Valley. (Hubby can't say it without lowering his voice, saying it slowly and adding drums, ala 2001 oddessy.) 

"From earliest times, the Waikato Valley near Orakei Korako was occupied by Maori of the Ngati Tahu sub-tribe Tuwharetoa.
By the early 1800’s, the Maori population had congregated at Orakei Korako, attracted by the hot springs. 
“O” is the place of “rakei” adornment. “Korako” meaning white, describing the glittering (sinter) flat.
A diary entry for the 11 March 1850 recorded that the Maoris lived in this spot “to spare their woman the trouble of procuring wood for fuel. They seldom light a fire; everything is cooked in the springs.”  from:


The orangey yellow color is not iron or sulfur. It's algae, according to a tour guide from just down the road a piece.

I'm amazed that so much greenery thrives so closely to the boiling water.

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Richard Lawry said...

Looks like another world. Reminds me of Yellowstone park in the U.S.

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~Cheryl said...

Very pretty photographs but I can't imagine cooking there! :)

Deb said...

you really captured the beauty...great job...I felt like I was there...

Jennifer AKA keewee said...

Thanks for the tour, you brought back memories of the time I visited there many, many years ago.

Valerie said...

Those are amazing pictures - I love the subtle color changes in the greens and orange and reds.

Nancy/BLissed-Out Grandma said...

Wow, what a stunning place; thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful mystical place. Great shots!

FranE said...

Great pictures, but a really fascinating place. This is I take it hot springs. And Algae in steamy water hot enough to cook on...I will have to research and get to know this place. Thanks! Have missed being by to visit.