Kuirau Park, Rotorua

(4.2/5 based on 700+ 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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TripAdvisor
  • Nice park at the edge of Rotorua. Good space for running around or walking through. Lots of gated geological features for free. No geysirs, but several bubbly pools, spurting rocks and steaming ponds....  more »
  • By accident, we stopped at Kuirau Park on a market / foodie day. After walking around the park, which is clean and well maintained, taking pictures of the various bubbling mud pools, small green sulph...  more »
  • We took some overseas friends to see this and had forgotten how much it has to offer - lakes, bubbling mud, foot baths, playground, restrooms and a beautiful scenery - and all for free - super glad we...  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?