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“Hidden Gem” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kerosene Creek

Kerosene Creek
35km south of Rotorua | (on the way to Taupo), Rotorua, New Zealand
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Ranked #9 of 33 Attractions in Rotorua
Type: Outdoors
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“Hidden Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Natural Hot Pool at its best - Perfect for those cold winter morning - We drove from Taupo and its exactly 55 km away - There is small road sign on left side, blink and you miss.
The off road is a very bad, broken road which takes you to this nice little hot spring. We spent around 2 hours soaking in the hot water . There were very few people when we reached the place but crowd kept building up in about an hour. There is also a small loo to change and fortunately the place is kept quiet clean. Carry your togs , jandals and towel - you dont need anything else.
Will surely visit again if i am passing by.

Visited August 2014
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Armidale, Australia
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“A hidden gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We found out about this place from a local in Rotorua and forgot about it until I drove past the sign ( not a big sign but just a normal street sign that apparently the locals remove from time to time, or so we were told). Don't worry about the bumpy dirt road as it is accessible for most cars (especially hire cars) and after a short drive you pull up in a small parking area. After a short walk of about 500m down a track you can see why people love this place. Small cascading waterfalls with a beautiful bathing pool with a sandy gravel base. The water is about 35 degrees C and just perfect. The best thing about this place is the cost.....absolutely zero. If you do visit here then do the right thing and take your rubbish with you. There was a small amount of trash lying around and that did detract slightly from the ambience. We picked some up and disposed of it correctly.

Visited April 2014
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Rotorua, New Zealand
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“Something special for visitors”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I love Kerosene Creek and am so proud that it is on our doorstep. I take all our out of town or overseas visitors there. It's hard to describe - head down a gravel road and there in the middle of no where is a hot stream and steaming waterfall. Just make sure you don't leave valuables in the car as you need to walk for about five minutes to get to the waterfall. (No hills to climb - an easy walk)

Visited May 2014
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Halifax, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Kerosene Creek is a great place, around 20-30minute drive out of Rotarua - asif heading to Taupo. It is easy pretty easy to find, just be aware that it is a pretty long bumpy road down to it but worth the trip. There is a stream, waterfall and a large pool which is a lovely hot temp. No touristy stuff to ruin a natural beautiful place.

Visited July 2014
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Free !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

It's totally free, you'll have a hard time to get out (water is so warm!!). You don't see much of course, but still great to take a bath there

Visited July 2014
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