Kerosene Creek, Rotorua

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#16 of 57 in Outdoors in Rotorua
Take a relaxing dip in the spa-like waters of Kerosene Creek, one of Rotorua's best-kept secrets. The name might be a little off-putting, but the water is warm and inviting all year round. Stand beneath the waterfall for a free power massage, or head a little downstream to the smaller pools for some bathing privacy. Keep an eye on your belongings, as visitors occassinally report petty thefts in the area. Plan to visit Kerosene Creek and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Rotorua attractions using our Rotorua online journey planner .
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  • Of all the places I've traveled and things I've seen, this may be one of the very coolest. It's basically a hot tub river/waterfall. And it's free and super easy to get to if you have a car! We soaked...  more »
  • This place can get very busy but is totally worth it. It's not far from Rotorua township and is well worth the trip. It's a short walk to get to a good swimming spot. And the way in to one of the swim...  more »
  • Was a lovely relaxing time, just have to be careful not to wear silver jewellery as it turns black! Don’t wear nice swimmers, it is called kerosene Creek for a reason (smells).  more »
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  • A must go! It's free! it's awesome! It's beautiful nature! Walk, swim, admire....doesn't matter. Just a great place to be. Such a shame some losers forget about the bins provided and dump beer bottles, bed sheets and cigarette packets. I picked up a few items and binned them. Hopefully if we all do the same we can preserve the amazing place!
  • The walking path goes deeper than I expected. Incredibly lush and dense greenery to explore. While there I saw a number of other groups taking a dip in the heated water. Only toilet is a 'hole in the ground' setup so don't expect cleanliness. Bins are sparse, if around at all. Plenty of information about the area available. Highly recommended stop.
  • A neat hot water river with waterfall and swimming hole. The track in is a muddy mess after a wet winter and is over run with tourists now ruining a unique natural wonder. Some work required on the track! A suggestion to visitors, pick up a handfull of stones from the road and drop them on the muddy parts of the track. If everyone did this the track would be good in a matter of weeks.
  • Free hot pool 30 minutes outside of Rotovegas. The water can be hot, upwards of 40C, but I went after it rained and it was much cooler. This is a very popular free hot pool, so don't expect a lot of privacy on weekends.
  • A hot river running in the middle of the forest where you can go swim! How cool is that?! (Actually quite warm...)

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Rotorua has a range of different accommodations, mainly centered around the lake itself. In this downtown area you will find luxury hotels and hostels, many benefitting from good views of the surrounding scenery. Farther out of the town, comfortable motels offer those with a car a good option for setting up a base from which to explore the area. Campers and others wanting to enjoy the outdoors as soon as possible can opt for campsites and RV parks, all best accessed by car or taxi.
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