1. Kerosene creek
35 minutes from Rotorua and down a gravel road will take you to the thermal pool and waterfall at Kerosene Creek. The creek is popular not just for its geothermal activity but its beautiful surroundings.
Location: 28km south of Rotorua. Take State Highway 5, then travel about 2km downOld Walotapu Road.
2. Wairua Stream
Wairua Stream is a bit harder to get to as you have to get a boat across Lake Tarawera, making it a local’s paradise. It is near Te Rata Bay.
Location: About 25 minutes out of Rotorua down Spencer Road, Lake Tarawera. By boat, launch at Stoney Point and head straight across Lake Tarawera to the headlands on the right of Mt Tarawera. Go straight through these headlands to where the lake opens. Steer gently to starboard and make for the only beach in this area.
3. Wai-o-tapu / the bridge / the secret spot
Get the remnants from the Wai-O-Tapu geothermal attraction by bathing in the hot pool formed by the hot Wai-O-Tapu stream meeting the cool river.
Location: Just outside the Wai-O-Tapu geothermal park (under the bridge). 30km south of Rotorua just offState Highway 5.
4. Kuirau Park
No need to bring the togs; just dip your feet in. This free geothermal park in Rotorua has dedicated hot foot baths to make use of. Don’t dip your feet behind any of the fenced areas. That with hurt. Kairau Park is situated in Rotorua town and is one of the 11 Free or Cheap Things to do in Rotorua.
Location: Along Pukuatua Street & Ranolf Street in Rotorua city centre.
5. waterfall spout bath wai-o-tapu
This hot spring is found along the road towards the Lady Knox Geyser. It’s rather muddy, as to be expected in Rotorua, but at least there is a waterfall to wash yourself. Find the entrance of the roadside where the bush has been cleared.
Location: On the Waiotapu Loop Road, turn onto The Avenue and the Waterfall Spout Bath is about 500m on your right.