Rotorua is a great holiday destination. Only four hours drive from Auckland it’s close enough for a weekend away for those in the city, and offers something for everyone. Besides the plentiful bars and restaurants, try the Polynesian Spa, luging, or visit the Champagne Pool at Waiotapu.
However, if you’re looking for something a little off the beaten track, Rotorua has that too. Kerosene creek is a little known destination and an absolute delight. The creek is hot water, fueled by natural springs, and winds its way through ferns and native bush, over waterfalls into a natural hot pool. No tourists, no ticket booth; it’s free to those who find it. Swim or bathe in the hot water, and make sure to bring a picnic.
To find Kerosene Creek, head south along State Highway 5 from Rotorua. Take a left hand turn onto a gravel road south of Rainbow Mountain, before Waiotapu, and follow it to the end. If you reach the bridge on SH5 then you’ve gone too far.
Jayride’s drive to and around Rotorua in our Ace rental cost only $40 in petrol; by carpooling with one passenger the trip became only $20 per head – cheaper than a taxi to Auckland airport, let alone a flight.
If you’re looking for a quick getaway from the city; or a central island stop on the way south; Rotorua is the place to be.