Kuirau Park, Rotorua

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#6 of 14 in Nature in Rotorua
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. To visit Kuirau Park on your trip to Rotorua, use our Rotorua attractions tool .
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  • Stopped in for a stroll around the park and a look around the pools. Very pretty and amazing to see, I definitely recommend. There is also a pool you can hop into so be prepared to take your shoes and...  more »
  • Large Green Park. But the intense smell of sulfur, and some Smokey haze. Here is the free hot springs throughout the Park. Horrible pond mud is simmering 煮tatta, moss green and black plain pond, a little edge up yellow, little fancy Milky green pond, a quirky spring pond appeared all over the place, fun to explore. Cute red beak in the water and grass walking or breast feathers are brilliant blue bird pukeko, NZ Christmas tree red nectar, seeking throat White gloss, black feather feathers TUI had flew. It seems to be a great big Springs pond is not go out of time. I think free footbath at the Japanese hot spring-like.
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  • If you do not want to spend a lot of money to go to the geothermal park, this free park also has a number of hot pools to watch, and the park has a free soaking tub, very clean.
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  • Beyond worldly. This is a free thermal park with all the features we love! Bubbling mud, steaming vents, black pools and even a boiling lake! Which has multiple viewing platforms and a boardwalk bridge over one side. A must see for all visiting the area.
  • What an amazing free venue in the middle of town. It was our first time to Rotorua so we weren't yet used to everything hissing and steaming, and we were completely gobsmacked with this park in the middle of town. It's an eerie spot on a cool morning when the steam is up and you can't see a meter in front of you on the boardwalk. It was great to see the variety of volcanic pools.
  • For any international and out of town visitors this is a must see. A huge natural and free geothermal area with several good viewing spots, hot and cold mineral pools you can paddle in or take kids for a safe experience. Several great picnic spots and a good playground. Not a place to go after dark though.
  • Pretty amazing site to find in the middle of town, very nicely kept, with a new pair of pools to sit and dip your feet in to the naturally hot water bubbling up from the ground. Looks like more building work is in progress (Jan 2018). It's a shame some litter has been tossed around, but still a beautiful place to explore and take picures of steaming pools and boiling mud. Information placards were interesting to read too.
  • Park is lovely and well kept. There are several pools that has some bubbles in them. A definate sulphur smell in the air, if you spend long enough you will taste it on your lips. Nice little hot bath for your feet as well. If you are after a 'wow' factor with the bubbling water there are better places. Worth a visit if in the area but I wouldn't drive over 20 mins just to visit

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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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