Kuirau Park

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Kuirau Park showing a hot spring and mist or fog

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.

518 Cheap Hotels Near Kuirau Park

Millennium Hotel Rotorua
Millennium Hotel Rotorua
4.5 out of 5
1270 Hinemaru Street, Rotorua
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The price is NZ$170 per night from 14 Feb. to 15 Feb.
This family-friendly Rotorua hotel is located near the boardwalk, just steps away from Rotorua Arts Village and Tamaki Maori Village. Polynesian Spa and Redwoods ...
3.9/5 Good! (995 reviews)
"Good location- very central to everything in Rotorua. Across the street is Polynesian Spa. The room was dated but clean - most comfortable bed - we have come home looking to upgrade ours! What was disappointing was the shower. All the jets on the head were blocked. They could do with some CLR or ..."

Reviewed on 23 Jan. 2022

Millennium Hotel Rotorua
Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
4.5 out of 5
9-11 Tutanekai St, P O Box 348, Rotorua
The price is NZ$179 per night from 31 Jan. to 1 Feb.
This family-friendly Rotorua hotel is located in the shopping district, just steps away from Matariki Hangi & Maori Cultural Performance and Eat Street. Polynesian ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (978 reviews)
"Great location! Whole experience was very pleasing. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Thank you."

Reviewed on 16 Jan. 2022

Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
Pullman Rotorua
Pullman Rotorua
5 out of 5
1135 Arawa St, Rotorua
The price is NZ$219 per night from 31 Jan. to 1 Feb.
Situated in Rotorua, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Government Gardens and Polynesian Spa. Rotorua Central Mall and Rotorua Hospital are ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (131 reviews)
"Enclosed bathroom would be nice"

Reviewed on 6 Jan. 2022

Pullman Rotorua
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Top Kuirau Park Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Rotorua Citizens Club
Rotorua Citizens Club
2 out of 5
1146 Rangiuru Street, Rotorua
The price is NZ$90 per night from 28 Jan. to 29 Jan.
Rotorua Citizens Club
Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
4.5 out of 5
9-11 Tutanekai St, P O Box 348, Rotorua
The price is NZ$179 per night from 31 Jan. to 1 Feb.
Novotel Rotorua Lakeside
Millennium Hotel Rotorua
Millennium Hotel Rotorua
4.5 out of 5
1270 Hinemaru Street, Rotorua
The price is NZ$170 per night from 14 Feb. to 15 Feb.
Millennium Hotel Rotorua
Pullman Rotorua
Pullman Rotorua
5 out of 5
1135 Arawa St, Rotorua
The price is NZ$219 per night from 31 Jan. to 1 Feb.
Pullman Rotorua
Prince's Gate Hotel
Prince's Gate Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1057 Arawa Street, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
The price is NZ$142 per night from 30 Jan. to 31 Jan.
Prince's Gate Hotel
Regent of Rotorua
Regent of Rotorua
4.5 out of 5
1191 Pukaki St, Rotorua
The price is NZ$205 per night from 14 Feb. to 15 Feb.
Regent of Rotorua
Holiday Inn Rotorua, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Rotorua, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
The price is NZ$195 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.
Holiday Inn Rotorua, an IHG Hotel
Cleveland Thermal Motel
Cleveland Thermal Motel
3 out of 5
113-119 Lake Road, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
The price is NZ$153 per night from 14 Feb. to 15 Feb.
Cleveland Thermal Motel
Jet Park Hotel Rotorua
Jet Park Hotel Rotorua
4 out of 5
237 Fenton Street, Corner Victoria Street, Rotorua
The price is NZ$202 per night from 27 Feb. to 28 Feb.
Jet Park Hotel Rotorua
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