Kerosene Creek, Rotorua

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#16 of 61 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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  • Place is really amazing of North Island, we were here in Dec 2017 and yes water is naturally hot flowing through the creek, the excursion is free of cost compared to Polynesia Spa and other thermal Sp...  more »
  • We were hesitant to visit here, due to the stories of theft. We did go and enjoyed the lovely natural setting. There were plenty of people coming and going during our visit, so car break-ins were prob...  more »
  • A great experience to do! The kids loved to bathe in the hot springs! It wasn't too crowded it was nice! We stay out too long because the water is still warm (40 degrees)
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  • Beautiful outdoor setting for a delightfully warm hot spring fed creek. Multiple waterfalls, plenty of room to spread out. Idyllic tree and fern lined setting. The track can be uneven and there are no facilities here. Come enjoy the natural beauty. At the end of a short good quality gravel road. Suitable for all ages, but sometimes there can be nude bathers.
  • Easy to find. Lots of parking. Short walk to the river. Very sulfurous smell though (to be expected) takes away a bit from the magic of it. Lots of room for a lot of people. The thermal park in Taupo is much nicer, but smaller.
  • Really nice place to visit. Be aware though no toilets available... well no good ones. But it is a must see Water is unexpectedly warm
  • The most relaxing place I have ever been! Yes there are people around, but if you lay back on the shallow stream, let the water flow give you a natural masssge as you look up and around the beautiful natural environment, there could easily be no one else there. In fact I went a bit later in the day and the crowds didn't hang around too late. Any negative reviews seem to be about how 'it's not the same as before'...just like everywhere else in the world apparently
  • Natural hot water pool and you can go anytime. You will always find people there enjoying hot water bath and talking to each other. I am going with my friends there. Good for relaxing and some fun.

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