The geothermal activity in Rotorua means there is no lack of thermal pools. The natural hot springs merge with cold streams or rivers making the ideal temperature to swim or bathe in. Plus, you can even bathe comfortably in the dead of winter!
1. Kerosene Creek
35 minutes from Rotorua and down a gravel road will take you to the thermal pool and waterfall at Kerosene Creek.
2. Wairua Stream
Wairua Stream is a bit harder to get to as you have to get a boat across Lake Tarawera. It is near Te Rata Bay.
3. 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.
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