Relax in the naturally heated waters of Kerosene Creek, Rotorua, where hot spring and freshwater stream meet.
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.
Getting to Kerosene Creek
Follow State Highway 5 south from Rotorua towards Taupo for about 30km. After passing the turnoff to Murupara on your left and Lake Ngahewa on your right, turn left on to Old Waiotapu Rd.
Follow this gravel road for 2.2 km (about 3 minutes) until you see a grass verge on the right, where you can park your vehicle. Walk down the short track to the creek.
It's best if you visit during daylight hours, and don't leave any valuables in your car while bathing. As with most thermal pools, it's not safe to put your head underwater.