Kerosene Creek is a thermal hot spring with free access about 35kms south of Rotorua.
SECURITY NOTE - There have been a number of car break-ins at Kerosene Creek. If you have concerns, head to nearby Waikite Valley Thermal Pools and pay $12 with piece of mind!
Directions: Heading south from Rotorua on the road to Taupo (about 30km), pass the turn off to Murupara on your left, pass a lake on your right, then take the next left turn, just past a small bridge (only about 1/2 km from the Murupara turnoff). Stop 2.2km down the road and pull over to the grass verge on the right. Follow the path down a couple of hundred metres beside the stream to the pool itself.
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Road was very bumpy gravel, for a couple of kms from the highway. But once you got there it was totally worth it! We had two preschoolers with us and it was as warm as bath water and not too deep and not fast-flowing. Lots of people, but we expected that. A great little stop! Highly recommended!
Came here early. Almost nobody in October. You can park at the end of the gravel road. You can also swim in the lake at the beginning of the road. At least 2 m deep.
We didn't spend long here cause of all the warning we got about our car... But the area is beautiful! First you see an emerald lake on your left, it's worth a little pit stop, then when you get there, there's a beautiful little waterfall but keep going a few metres to the bigger one. So lovely and warm, but I did notice some small red worms throughout the water... Not sure if there okay or not so I jumped out anyways haha. But definitely worth going to!
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Hot water pools in the nature, really relaxing. Some more facilities would be good (one toilet and plenty of people).
Beautiful but stinky creek just out from Rotorua. Good hot water pools for a rainy day.
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Really nice creek for swimming in.
You can take a hot bath under a bridge for free! Great experience.
Kerosene Creek was a great place to try the hot pools out for free. Long gravel road to get there which was a bit annoying. Pools were enjoyable but heed everyone else's warnings... You will get broken into!! We took all our our important items (passports, money, camera, etc) out of the camper and locked it but the rotten thieves broke the lock on the drivers side door and stole a toiletries bag of all things. Locals later told us they don't know why people go there because you are almost guaranteed to get broken into.
Beautiful and warm, a bit smelly.
Hot stream/pool with small waterfall! Amazing especially during cold months.
magdalena gomez haedo
Best hot pools, totally free and wild. In the middle of the forest with waterfalls that are a massage to your body.
We really enjoyed Kerosene Creek. It is a free hot spring that you do not have to walk far to, but do be aware it is very hot! It is a nice place as well.
Nice hot springs on the way from Rotorua to Taupo. Free and lots of room for people. Just make sure you lock your vehicle!