Kuirau Park, Rotorua

4.3
#5 of 10 in Nature in Rotorua
Hot Spring Nature / Park
Discover steaming springs and lush foliage at Kuirau Park, a regional hotspot of geothermal activity. Head for the park's raised boardwalks, where you can walk above boiling ponds surrounded by trees, as the sulphurous steam rises around you. Keep your eyes peeled for bubbling mud pools as well. A small, non-thermal wading pool with a fountain provides a solid spot for cooling off in warm weather, and a children's playground makes the area decidedly kid-friendly. You can even bring along some snacks or supplies to take advantage of the park's picnic and barbecue facilities. With our world travel planner, Rotorua attractions like Kuirau Park can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Walked around here one Saturday morning and had forgotten how much thermal activity was on display. Unfortunately the wading pool was closed either for renovation or removal. there was also a local ma...  more »
  • Park is well maintained, free to the public, and the signs are very educational. We took our kids to the park and learned about volcanic activities in the area and how the colour of the ground changes...  more »
  • Great and big park in the citycentre, with a lot of hot springs! It´s without admission and you can usea a hot pool for you feets! :)  more »
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  • Was a good surprise seeing a free attraction in the module of town. A good time spent just looking at all the hot pools, some as good as what you would pay to see in resorts.
  • Enjoyed walking through this park seeing the geothermal vents where the sulphur gases escaping into the air
  • A great free geothermal Park with a playground. Great for visitors with young kids and on a budget
  • Great tourist attraction geothermal guysers, heated foot baths, shallow paddling pool, great playground, free BBQ Area, lovely gardens, town across the road & aquatic center nearby. Definitely stop here for a break or let the kids have time out.
  • Nice park and some fun equipment for the kids. You can also walk around some free open geothermal activity (hot pools and steaming vents). Only shame is its used by many people to eat out and the bins are overflowing. Rubbish was blowing everywhere.

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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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