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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  • A very interesting thermal park. Very well tended, hot pools & lots of steam but all felt safe, plenty of fences. In the center of town, an easy walk. Most enjoyable.  more »
  • My wife and I visited the park on a Saturday morning and loved it. We ate breakfast at the flea market (Saturdays only) which was very worthwhile. Lots of great food options plus other vendors. We als...  more »
  • Kuirau Park is an open area in downtown Rotorua that contains some of Mother Earth's most surreal displays. On the south side of this park, there are ponds with trees, shrubs, birds, and a constant fl...  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?