Photographer's Note

Orakei Korako Cave and Thermal Park, also known as The Hidden Valley, is located off the beaten track, between Taupo and Rotorua, New Zealand.

We went from Taupo to Auckland, down State Highway 5, the turnoff to Orakei Korako is 3km south of Golden Springs. Turn right on to the Tutukau Rd, travel 16kms then turn right onto Orakei Korako Rd, travel 5kms to the end of the road. Approximate driving time from Rotorua is 45 minutes.
A true gift from nature, Orakei Korako means 'The Place of Adorning' and as the local Maori women once did, nature has adorned itself spectacularly in this awe-inspiring park, its natural beauty preserved by isolation from the outside world.
It's no wonder the BBC chose this spot to shoot scenes from Walking with Dinosaurs! The Hidden Valley is only accessible by a boat service which departs on request, so it really is an untouched paradise. It's easy to imagine great prehistoric beasts roaming the serene native bush and the glistening white sinter flats.

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