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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TripAdvisor
  • A forgotten corner in the western part of the city of Rotorua, a couple of blocks from the Center, we find, in the middle of a park, this small but very spoiled sample of volcanic activity of the North Island. I do not understand how the "city of the sulfur", with his "charming" rotten egg odor that both reminded us to Iceland, can leave a space of these characteristics, in the heart of the city, could have reached the deplorable state in which it is. With nearly three million visitors a year, Rotorua spoils some of its attractions, while others leave them quite side. Kuirau Park, an active volcanic area, only has one good thing, is free. In 2003 a volcanic eruption of mud covered a good part of the Park, and no one has been in charge since then to adapt the workplace, protected only by a few gates. Now you can enter the site to see remnants of what once was a beautiful place, with a lake in the crater, pools of boiling water, jets of steam and other geothermal paraphernalia. A real shame...
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  • Great range of boiling mud pools and springs set in a wonderful park. Plenty of parking nearby and very easy walking. Suitable for all ages. 
  • Awesome free public park with numerous boiling mud and water pools, some only a metre or two in diameter, some much bigger, and the really large boiling lake had a boardwalk over it! I had been here 3...  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?