Kerosene Creek

Kerosene Creek

Natural Hot Pools

Reviews

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Haefele Lilja

Germany

Ranking: 3/10

Went to Kerosene Creek in on a rainy day in October in hope to find it less crowded. Wasn’t too busy but still a lot of people. People who would wash themselves up stream obviously with normal soap, people who would sit in there brushing their teeth and spit, full diapers and other rub Bush left on the side of the stream. Decided not to take a bath.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Tina Mlinarevic

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Amazing little spot with thermal water, just a bit polluted (people leaving beer bottles etc).

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Philip Sheridan

Ireland

Ranking: 9/10

Amazing spot just out of the city that is free for all to enjoy and easy to locate.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Robert Wolf

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Very nice free hot spring with a nice flair! We felt very safe!

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Evan Lloyd

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome creek off the highway between Rotorua and Taupo. The creek is fed by geothermal pools so the water is hot! Also free!

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Sam Staines

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

This place was other worldy! I could not believe there was a completely natural flowing and hot spring that was completely free! Only downside = the road in was terrible!!

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Eline-Jessica van der Hoeven

Ranking: 9/10

Rough gravel road to get there but the setting of Kerosene Creek is totally worth it. Great spot for a free hot bath.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Melanie

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

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!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Sylvain Schiber

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Elizabeth Braidotti

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

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!

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Lisa Haedrich

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Hot water pools in the nature, really relaxing. Some more facilities would be good (one toilet and plenty of people).

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Valerie Bernardini

Argentina

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful but stinky creek just out from Rotorua. Good hot water pools for a rainy day.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Florian Mueller

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Really nice creek for swimming in.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Lisa

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

You can take a hot bath under a bridge for free! Great experience.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Taryn Thompson

Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Tilman

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful and warm, a bit smelly.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Martina Cervenkova

Denmark

Ranking: 10/10

Hot stream/pool with small waterfall! Amazing especially during cold months.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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magdalena gomez haedo

Uruguay

Ranking: 10/10

Best hot pools, totally free and wild. In the middle of the forest with waterfalls that are a massage to your body.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Natasha Harbinson

Ireland

Ranking: 9/10

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.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Michaela Bartotini

Canada

Ranking: 8/10

Nice hot springs on the way from Rotorua to Taupo. Free and lots of room for people. Just make sure you lock your vehicle!

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Selma Krap

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

Spectacular! Nice, warm, beautiful, clean place. Put mud from the well on your body and relax!

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in November 2015

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Chalie Dotesek

Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely amazing experience. Thermal creek, small pools, beautiful nature. Free for all.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in December 2015

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Ahmed Mohsen Aly

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Not exactly my cup of tea but the missus seemed to enjoy it. The water had chunks of black goo in it even though the water seemed pretty clean. Expect a crowd, and a big one at that. We had to slither our way though a lot of people before finding a spot to cook in for a while.
Still a nice and unique experience.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Emma Keegan

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Amazing place and due to the weather was very quiet.
So nice and warm and refreshing.
There were blackberries in bushes surrounding creek which was cool also.
A great place for a picnic.
Oh and also TAKE OFF YOUR SILVER JEWELLERY due to sulphur it goes black and gross and then needs a lot of silver polish.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Naelan Le Borgue

France

Ranking: 9/10

A great place to enjoy a hot swim in this pool in the middle of a burning hot stream. Access by the carpark or by a walking track starting more North on State Highway 5.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Michael Stibor

Czech Republic

Ranking: 9/10

Hot spring in the forest, great to take a walk and then regenerate in the flowing hot water.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Christopher Berkhahn

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

If you go early you will have the water for yourself.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Bea Westkam

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Hot water spring, perfect to swim, felt like a bath at home.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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thibaut vernelle

France

Ranking: 8/10

Natural hot springs, lovely little creek, very nice to chill out after a day walk.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Hannah Watt

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome hot water waterfall down a cobbled road, great when not busy.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Tom Hill

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Very pretty area, the stream and waterfall look lush and fresh, but is bloody hot!! To hot for me!!

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Romina De Hill

Argentina

Ranking: 7/10

Nice and unique experience, the water is too hot to stay too long but it was nice.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Melissa Hermansson

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Free hotwater spring, park on roadside, short walk to the spring, awesome place to relax.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Karel

Czech Republic

Ranking: 6/10

Good spot, difficult to find it, we were happy that there is something for free! Everything around expensive and touristic too much. Warm creek for swimming perfect. But more bins for rubbish will see less mess around.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Gassat

France

Ranking: 10/10

Hot river, 40degrees, AWESOME.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Junior Pugieux

France

Ranking: 10/10

HOOOOOT - So good!!

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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James Russell

England

Ranking: 9/10

Amazing experience. A bit smelly and can be busy.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Ian Garner

England

Ranking: 10/10

Remote hot water spring. Beautiful location. Never to be forgotten swimming in very hot water pool.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Claire Dann

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

A hot running river and waterfall. Great on a cold day but a pity there are no facilities, litter is an issue and it can get very busy.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Nelle Dutilleur

France

Ranking: 10/10

Just relax in the hot river.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Laura Pleumeekers

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Free hotsprings outside Rotorua. It is really hot-awesome.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Thi Baut

France

Ranking: 8/10

Nice place for those who like hot pools. It's really amazing how hot the stream is.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in December 2013

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Erik Muchembled

France

Ranking: 10/10

Chill out in a natural river for free.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Frederic Birke

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

A free hot water RIVER!! You can have a lovely swim there and enjoy the hot water or maybe get a massage from one of the small waterfalls.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Melanie Pretzel

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

It is a hot water river you can take a bath in. The best time to visit the river is in spring because the air isn't so hot then. It is a lovely place.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Christian

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

It is awesome at night with the full moon and candles. The road was closed so it was a moonwalk 2km to the creek. Sunday night, no one else at that late time.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Neil Beckett

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Nice spot, but make sure you don't get the water in your mouth, or nose. It's full of bacteria.
Good for a soak though.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in April 2012

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Tony and Helene

France

Ranking: 9/10

Free hot springs in the North Island.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Jeremy Eng

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Incredible!!! I'm much more used to constructed pools that get stirred up with muck and sediment, this didn't have that problem! Water was perfect temperature, but I do wish it was a chillier day to truly enjoy.

All the talk of vehicle break-ins had me nervous, so we brought our wallets and such with us. No bother, as the car was untouched. I do see how it could be a problem, as it is an opportune area for the like.

We visited when the road's gate was locked due to fire danger. The 2km walk must have kept the crowds away, as we enjoyed the creek to ourselves!

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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N smith

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Great spot, but can get pretty popular

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in January 2013

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Kristine and William

Norway

Ranking: 7/10

How cool is a hot river? Very! Getting too commercial now though.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Anne Rodofsen

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Nice place to relax.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in December 2012

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Mark Bogton

England

Ranking: 9/10

Brilliant hot water stream to stop off at when travelling south of Rotorua.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Kimberley Mills

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Natural free springs which blew us away. Great environment and was so natural, bit cramped in summer though.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Annette May

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Hot water stream/pool on Rotorua/Taupo Road. Busier than it used to be but still a great free soak - do lock your car!!

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Colin Philpott

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Great experience bathing in a small stream below a waterfall where the water is hotter than a bath.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Lindblom

Sweden

Ranking: 7/10

Hot water creek where you can take a bath of your own.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Alberto Redner

Spain

Ranking: 10/10

The creek is hot and it is the best bath in my life (by the falls).

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Remy van Heugten

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

Just off the road, left just before Wai-o-Tapu, there is a gravel road. A two minute walk takes you to a warm, 42 degrees river!!! It is smelly but very relaxing!!

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Lilja Bjork Hermannsdottir

Iceland

Ranking: 10/10

A warm water river just before Wai-o-Tapu. It is for free and in the middle of the forest. Got the tip from a local up Paihia. Very lovely and beautiful place. A peace up in the north. Come to NZ! People and nature are unique!

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Peter W.

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Just perfect. 150m from the car park and a completely natural hot water stream and waterfall. Get under the edge of the falls and a free Aix massage! Only complaint was the rubbish left by less conscientious locals, which a fellow bather picked up & dumped a black sac full of in the car park bin. We went back again early next morning and had the pools all to ourselves.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago

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Johanna & Mark

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

A hot river where you can relax in the water. Perfect on cold days!

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Bekema

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Coming from Rotorua, follow the SH5 direction Taupo, turn left on the Old Wai-o-Tapu Road. A hot pool in the nature, for free. Great!!

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in February 2011

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Stefanie

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Free swimming in a hot tap by nature.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Hartheib Schmid

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Nice spot for a hot pool.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Rachel Kent-Lawton

United States

Ranking: 10/10

If you have independent wheels and can find this amazing free hot spring, it is well-worth a visit! Untouched beauty and a few main pools of varying degrees of heat provide just a spectacular, totally relaxing, quite safe place to melt away the stresses of travelling. Be careful not to put your head under, but there are no snakes in NZ and no nibbling biters to worry about as you climb in to enjoy. Good year round!

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Mike

Austria

Ranking: 8/10

Little stinky creek ~35 degrees. Advice don't wear your favourite swimsuit, it will stink for days. Nice little place to relax.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Luise Jaeger

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Hot stream (up to 40 degrees c). no mud but some dangerous bacteria so DON'T dive, waterfall (you might jump down), need own transport!

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Mike Howe

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Good natural hot spring. Pool is comfortable with sandy bottom and a small waterfall. Temperature is a bit too low at around 30°C.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Don Morgan

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent free spring like a spa set in bush.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in January 2010

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Herrmann

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

Good access for it, near road. Nice river to relax in hot water.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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SannaS

Finland

Ranking: 10/10

Hot pools relaxing

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in April 2009

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JanneP

Finland

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome hot pools.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in April 2009

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Will Jemma

England

Ranking: 10/10

Natural hot water river with mini waterfall - perfect for bathing/picnic's generally relaxing. great photo's.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Chris Leach

England

Ranking: 10/10

excellenet little hot water stream to take a dip. not well known about so will probably be all alone.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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EA Anders

Denmark

Ranking: 8/10

A free hot spring you can swim/relax in. But it's hot! Many people have discovered it, so it can be crowded.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Karen Raven

Canada

Ranking: 8/10

Free hot spring in waterfall + pool

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Jakob Jurgen

Austria

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing thermal dip - FREE

Reviewed over 10 years ago