Relax in the naturally heated waters of Kerosene Creek, Rotorua, where hot spring and freshwater stream meet
35 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. It’s best if you visit during daylight hours, and DO NOT leave any valuables in your car while bathing. As with most thermal pools, it’s not safe to put your head underwater. Not for people who are nervous about gravel roads. Leave silver jewellery at home as the sulphur will tarnish it.