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“Mud plops”
Review of Kuirau Park

Kuirau Park
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$36.47*
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1.5-Hour Rotorua Highlights Tour
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$72.94*
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Full-Day Small-Group Rotorua Shore Excursion From Tauranga
Ranked #13 of 114 things to do in Rotorua
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Reviewed October 9, 2013

Mud plop pools more active than several recent trips. some good thermal activity when we were there.

Thank 13marewa
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Reviewed October 9, 2013

This park is a slice of the geothermal activity of the Rotorua region and best of all you don’t have to pay hefty prices to see them. Don’t miss out on dipping your wary feet in the foot baths after your stroll around the beautiful gardens as the kids occupy themselves in the playground. There is not the grandeur that you would encounter at the commercial sites but worth the visit if you have time to spare. Well done Rotorua for providing this facility for the people.

3  Thank WanderingWeka
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

I've always loved coming to Kuirau Park - especially as a kid back in the 80s. Prior to this visit to Rotorua, the last time I was at this park was in the late 90s. I have to say I really missed the Toot n Whistle miniature train...it made the park come alive!! Ok I probably wouldn't ride it now, but it seemed to make the park a lot more popular with kids and parents around...there was a shop that sold ice cream etc...now at this visit the was no shop etc.

Still we really enjoyed the free foot bath to bathe your feet in the mineral water...I'd be very sad to see this ever go. To sum up, enjoyed Kuirau Park for the thermal activity and mineral foot bath, but the park is not as great as it was once was, when the train and shops were there.

Thank NZer888
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Reviewed October 2, 2013

Driving out of Rotorua we noticed huge amounts of steam which led us to the free Kuirau Park off Ranolf Street. It has several parking areas and dozens of active thermal attractions, all fenced in. We saw a large steaming thermal pool with green and yellow crust deposits at the edges and orange sulphur below the lake water. It was fed by a boiling hot, steaming and bubbling stream.

Information boards described how in the 1930s the Maori and Pakeha washed their laundry in the hot stream. There was also the Lobster Pool, so called as local fair skinned children would swim in the pool and come out lobster red while dark skinned children saw no effect. Kids had great fun in the pool but it eventually disappeared. The pools clearly come and go over time.

All the thermal sights in the park were surreal; ugly but fascinating. Some had quite a strong sulphur smell. Boiling mud pools had murky grey mud and black water. We even saw some of the greenery burnt black by the heat of the steam.

1  Thank Gillian B
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

If you want to see some of Rotorua's thermal wonders for free then this is the place to go. It doesn't really compare to the paid sites but if you are on a budget, or do not have enough time to spend the best part of a day at a paid thermal park, then Kuirau Park is an excellent option for you. Here you will find lots of bubbling mud and steam. A fantastic, free attraction for families.

Thank insertnamehere26
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