Kuirau Park

Kuirau Park showing a hot spring and mist or fog
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Family-friendly and easily accessible, this Rotorua park is home to a collection of geothermic vents and a weekly flea market.

On the outskirts of Rotorua find the lively Kuirau Park, a popular community attraction with a twist. Beneath the park’s surface geothermic activity is bubbling away. The park is a family-friendly way to experience the famous volcanic activity of New Zealand’s North Island. Watch as steam vents push hot, moist air out of the ground. Learn about the region’s legendary creature as you explore the park or visit on a weekend to browse the stalls of the local flea market.

While the geothermic activity of Kuirau Park is usually safely confined behind barriers, new steam vents have been known to open, shooting dirt up to 10 metres (33 feet) into the sky. Be cautious as you navigate the park. Wander along the boardwalk that crosses the hot lake to get close to the thermal activity. A popular alternative to the larger volcanoes of New Zealand, Kuirau Park is perfect for families with young children. Listen with your kids for the hisses of steam building just below the surface. Afterwards, enjoy watching your children as they play on the playground within the park.

Learn the Māori legend of Kuiarai, a heavenly woman who was dragged away by a taniwha, a legendary creature, at the lake. The hot water and bubbling steam are said to have been created by the gods above to ensure that the creature was destroyed. Today, the hot water of the bubbling lake feeds into a foot pool. Wade across the pool or relax with a picnic by the water’s edge.

Visit the park on a Saturday morning to discover the local flea market. Browse stalls of clothes, handicrafts and historic souvenirs as you mingle with local residents.

Kuirau Park is located on the outskirts of Rotorua and can be reached on foot from the centre of town. If you drive here, use the on-site parking. The park is open daily and has no admission fee.

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Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
4.5 out of 5
9-11 Tutanekai St, P O Box 348, Rotorua, 3201
The price is NZ$179 per night from 21 Aug. to 22 Aug.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Rotorua. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 6 hot tubs. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (995 reviews)
"Had an enjoyable stay. Pool was not as warm as expected. Great food and free laundry facilities. Will definately stay there again"

Reviewed on 4 Aug. 2022

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Jet Park Hotel Rotorua
Jet Park Hotel Rotorua
4 out of 5
237 Fenton Street, Corner Victoria Street, Rotorua, 3010
The price is NZ$180 per night from 1 Sep. to 2 Sep.
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in Rotorua. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,000 reviews)
"Very pet-friendly with lots of well thought-through touches such as provided dog bowls, a sleeping cushion, tile floors and a welcome gift. Room was large and comfy."

Reviewed on 7 Aug. 2022

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Pullman Rotorua
Pullman Rotorua
5 out of 5
1135 Arawa St, Rotorua, 3010
The price is NZ$229 per night from 21 Aug. to 22 Aug.
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Rotorua. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and valet parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (168 reviews)
"I had no problem with this hotel"

Reviewed on 8 Aug. 2022

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ibis Rotorua
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3.5 out of 5
Lake End Rangiuru Street, Po Box 348, Rotorua, 3010
The price is NZ$139 per night from 14 Aug. to 15 Aug.
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4 out of 5
237 Fenton Street, Corner Victoria Street, Rotorua, 3010
The price is NZ$180 per night from 1 Sep. to 2 Sep.
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4.5 out of 5
9-11 Tutanekai St, P O Box 348, Rotorua, 3201
The price is NZ$179 per night from 21 Aug. to 22 Aug.
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Pullman Rotorua
Pullman Rotorua
5 out of 5
1135 Arawa St, Rotorua, 3010
The price is NZ$229 per night from 21 Aug. to 22 Aug.
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Millennium Hotel Rotorua
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4.5 out of 5
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Regent of Rotorua
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4.5 out of 5
1191 Pukaki St, Rotorua, 3010
The price is NZ$184 per night from 5 Sep. to 6 Sep.
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Prince's Gate Hotel
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4.5 out of 5
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Quest Rotorua Central
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4 out of 5
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Rydges Rotorua
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