Kerosene Creek is a small hot spring located between Rotorua and Taupo. Because of its location, it is a perfect spot to visit when travelling between the two cities. It is also very close to the popular attraction Wai-O-Tapu
Kerosene Creek was a well-hidden secret to locals, but it is now becoming more well-known and visited. It is one of the real gems of the Rotorua region, and is one of the few things yet to be commercialised in the area.
The facilities here are basic to say the least. There is no toilet or long drop, and there is a small iron changing shed. There isn’t even a rubbish bin there so remember to take away all your rubbish.
Pro Tip: Don’t wear white swimwear, they are likely to get covered in mud
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. Once you have found the carpark located on Old Walotopu Road, the walk to the creek is approximately 5-10 minutes.
How to get there:
Located on Old Walotopu Road on the road between Rotorua and Taupo
3 hours 10 minutes from Auckland CBD
27 minutes from Rotorua
15 minutes return walk
- Warm natural spring water
- Waterfall to swim behind
- It’s free
- Road is mostly gravel
- No toilet facilities
- Take your rubbish home
- Remove jewellery before you get in
Dogs are allowed, and will love the warm water