Kuirau Park, Rotorua

(4.2/5 based on 650+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Can't think of many towns where a walk through its park involves steaming mud pools, boiling lakes, mineral water foot baths and BBQ's. All well paved, plenty of picnic benches, flowers are gorgeous. ...  more »
  • Been to Rotorua a few times and never knew there were places in the park to soak your feet....As it was in the school holidays there were a few kids around but it was a great place if you had spent th...  more »
  • I'm amazed at the prices some places charge to view one of Rotorua's iconic sights of hot mud pools etc... but we stumbled across this little gem. Ok, so it doesn't have the flash geysers but it does ...  more »
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  • Awesome park. A must visit in the city. The entry is free. Showcases a wide range of volcanic activity in the region. Very easily accessible. Lots of parking. The foot pools are a major highlight, ideally used after a stroll in the park. Very well maintained. Highly recommended.
  • Beautiful, nice place for a stroll. Too bad I was there while it was raining. Otherwise, it would be such a lovely place...
  • Free free free. I love free. You can not rate it. You could easily spend a good hour here. Oh and if it's been raining. Bring your rain boots!
  • One of the best things you can do for free in Rotorua. Nice place for a walk or picnic. The playground is great for kids. The geothermal/ volcanic sites are interesting though not as spectacular as other locations that charge for entry.
  • Only tourist attraction that is free. Other thermal activity spots charge a lot and is much better of course. But what do you expect?