Kuirau Park, Rotorua

4.3
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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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  • August 15, 2017
    not spectacular but there are quite a number of steam vents and mud pools nicely landscaped with picnic tables by the small lake has a saturday market which is mainly food outlets  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    This park isn't anything particularly special but it's a great way to see various types of thermal activity for free. More impressive in winter as it's a lot more steamy!  more »
  • August 4, 2017
    This is a great little park to walk around with a few small volcanic attractions, and a great little weekend market  more »
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  • August 16, 2017
    As you get to Rotorua for the first time, maybe the best first geothermal spot to look at, to get a glance of what is all about. Free and within walking distance from town centre.
  • September 10, 2017
    Nice little Park. You can see some hot springs here and have a nice quiet walk.
  • June 20, 2017
    Great place to take first time thermal visitors on a budget, because its free. Even though there are no spectacular pools, you get a sense of the unleashed power under our feet. Dozens of boiling pools.
  • September 16, 2017
    Kuirau Park is fantastic - thermal areas, lovely gardens and the Saturday morning market is really fun.
  • July 9, 2017
    Centre of Rotorua and has been upgraded to first class park. Good for kids cycles walking, and has first class sports fields and a thermally heated public Aquatic Center.

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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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