Kerosene Creek Waterfall


Kerosene Creek Waterfall

A Hidden gem, Kerosene Creek Waterfall is an extremely popular thermal waterfall located 30 minutes' drive away from Rotorua. You can swim in hot water all year round for absolutely free! It's one of New Zealand Must See Waterfalls.

Driving and walking conditions

GPS of the view point: S 38° 20.128' E 176° 23.177'
Parking: Old Waikaremoana Rd, Waiotapu
Vehicle type: All vehicle types Track type: Easy walking track
Road type:2km Gravel Road Return track duration: 10min

Waterfall parameters

Waterfall height: 2m Type of the waterfall: Block

Rating:       ⭐⭐⭐
GPS:          S 38° 20.128' E 176° 23.177'
Parking:     Old Waikaremoana Rd, Waiotapu
Access:     10min return walk

Walking and driving instructions


Kerosene Creek Waterfall is roughly a 30 minutes' drive away from Rotorua or 45 minutes' from Taupo. The road surface is sealed, apart from the last 2km which is a gravel road.

From Rotorua travel south on the SH 5 for 26.5 km, then turn left (next left turnover after SH 38) into Old Waikaremoana Rd and drive along this road for the next 2 km. An official car park is to the right just before the second gate. No toilets and other facilities available there.

From the parking follow the track (on the right-hand side) along the Kerosene Creek for 5 minutes. After 1-2 minutes you'll see a small cascade on the creek (please refer to the Gallery - the last 3 photos), then after 1-2 another minutes, you'll see the waterfall itself. You won't miss it - there is a huge swimming hole there and usually lots of people. Don't forget the towels!

The track is very easy and well maintained, and suitable for the people with all abilities. Take care; the track can be slippery because of the wet people traveling back to the cars after swimming (just remember how slippery the places around the swimming pools are =) ).

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Lake Ngakoro Waterfall

Rating:       ⭐
Access:     1hr 15min return walk
Driving:   6.1 km (9 mins)

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