Kerosene Creek, Waiotapu 3073, New Zealand 

Natural hot-springs area with a waterfall, surrounded by dense forest & primitive trails.

Thirty five minutes south of Rotorua is Kerosene Creek, a geothermally heated stream where you can bathe and relax. Hot water from a natural spring under the earth bubbles up into the cool waters of the creek, creating pleasantly warm waters. Swimmers have piled up small smooth rocks to create little hot pools beside the 2m waterfall.

Set amongst lush native bush, Kerosene Creek is popular among visitors and locals alike, offering a natural bathing experience like no other. There’s no admission charge, just be courteous to other bathers, and take any rubbish away with you.

Epic New Zealand Culture & Adventure Route © Monika Newbound

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