Kuirau Park, Rotorua
(4.2/5 based on 600+ 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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  • If you're short on time and money, but still want to get a bit of a feel for the 'geothermal' activity in Rotorua make sure to go to Kuirau Park. I would skip the 'town side' of the park, if short on ...  more »
  • Very impressive Park and this completely free of charge! Who wants to spend no money on volcanic activities in Rotorua is right here. You can walk through the Park and it looks everywhere sizzle, steam, and cooking. Here, you get also a good impression in the sulfurous odors around Rotorua. The trail is paved and, at the very end there is a great bridge across a giant steaming Lake, you should have made absolutely. There is one in the middle of a cloud of water vapor and get great photos.
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  • When it comes to geothermal activity in Rotorua, nobody says that you can view for free. Park open to the public, with several lakes with thermal waters and mud pools. Very interesting to see all bubbling. But it's important to keep on track!
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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?