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“Free volcanic attraction right in the middle of town”
Review of Kuirau Park

Kuirau Park
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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Naturally Tour
Ranked #15 of 110 things to do in Rotorua
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Perth, Australia
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“Free volcanic attraction right in the middle of town”
Reviewed January 7, 2013

This park is diagonally across the road from the YHA and next to the Top Ten Holiday Park. It is free and has plenty of little mud pools and steaming water to look at. All of the geothermal features are fenced (to about waist heigh), so is suitable for children, but would need to be supervised still. We wandered around for about an hour and still didn't see anything. Definitely a good thing to check out while you are in town.

Visited November 2012
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“easy parking and free”
Reviewed January 1, 2013

Well there are lots of experiences you can pay for in Rotorua but the main park has lots of thermal pools, the usual smells and its all free of charge. Plenty of parking, loos and even a small thermal pool to dip your feet in, as well as the public hot spring baths. Children of ALL ages will enjoy. Better than the Government park which is a bit of a walk away, so drive, but again plenty of free parking. Apart from that the town is much the same as many in the area and there are better ones with more interesting things to explore (ref Kitikiti)

Visited December 2012
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“Amazing even in the rain”
Reviewed December 28, 2012

We simply went for a walk in the rain whilst visiting Rotorua and stumbled across this gem of a park. We wandered amongst the steaming, bubbling geothermal pools before finding the public hot spring baths. We raced back to our van and changed into our swimming cossies and got straight in. It was so relaxing looking out over the small lake with Chinese bridge, seeing the cold rain sweeping around us as we bathed in the hot bath. We did feel slightly awkward as all the raincoat clad tourists gathered around us but it's a brilliant place to go and experience the geothermal activity of the area and for free as opposed to paying for the expensive spas. The park itself is really nice too and in the main carpark in the centre there is a fair every Saturday.

Visited September 2012
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“Great fun for All”
Reviewed December 26, 2012

While our toddler was enjoying the swings in the park, our family of adults enjoyed the walk around the park of the Geothermal sites and also the pool where you could dip your feet in.

Visited December 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 261 helpful votes
“Nice Way To See Thermal Pools For Free!!!!!”
Reviewed December 24, 2012

We visited here before leaving Rotorua. It's a nice park to walk around and would be ideal for things like picnics.

It has some amazing looking hot pools that you can see deep inside, and I actually felt a little freaked at one point, thinking about how all that is sitting right below Rotorua!

While there, we said a prayer for the poor boy that lost his life after falling into one of the pools :'(

Visited December 2012
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