The “Magical” Place in New Zealand for me is…

When a lot of people think of New Zealand they think of Lord of the Rings, which showcases one magical scene after another. Road tripping around the country in real life gives off that same feeling.

While driving the North Island, an off the beaten path spot instantly became the “magical” place in New Zealand for me. That place is the Kerosene Creek hot springs.

Kerosene Creek, Rotorua, New Zealand, hot springs

The Kerosene Creek hot spring is a place that makes me dream. It’s a place that makes you put all your worries aside. It’s a place that makes the body feel relaxed sitting in a hot thermal pool alongside a waterfall. It’s a place I got to experience with my best friend.

Kerosene Creek, Rotorua, New Zealand, hot springs, waterfall

Kerosene Creek, Rotorua, New Zealand, hot springs

To get to Kerosene Creek drive along State Highway 5 in-between Rotorua (30 kilometers from) and Taupo (55 kilometers from) and turn onto Old Waiotapu Road. Go about two kilometers, on gravel not in the best condition, and park alongside the road. There will be minimal signage. Once on foot it will be a ten minute or less walk along some lush native bush.

There is the elATLboy! πŸ™‚

Kerosene Creek, Rotorua, New Zealand, hot springs

Kerosene Creek, Rotorua, New Zealand, hot springs

Kerosene Creek, Rotorua, New Zealand, hot springs

You feel like you are in a fairy tale, a million miles from nowhere.

Kerosene Creek, Rotorua, New Zealand, hot springs

The great thing about Kerosene Creek is that it is free! Because you are in the middle of nature you won’t find a restroom or a place to change. When you are ready to hop in it’s very easy to sit in the pool as it is shallow all around. The water temperature was perfect for us, though I hear it can vary depending on how much rain it gets. Also, the creek does have a bit of a smell, hence the Kerosene name. πŸ™‚

Kerosene Creek, Rotorua, New Zealand, hot springs

Kerosene Creek, Rotorua, New Zealand, hot springs

It was a great place to soak in (literally) with my best friend. I hope to get back to the “magical” place for me in New Zealand again soon. It is definitely classified as a #NZMustDo!

What is the “magical” place for you in New Zealand? What other hot springs would you recommend around Rotorua?

15 responses to “The “Magical” Place in New Zealand for me is…

  1. Pretty awesome place πŸ˜€ I want to visit NZ one day!

  2. There are so many magical places in NZ – a hard challenge to find a favourite! I love my daily walk through the Botanic Gardens in Wellington a magical place that changes with the seasons.

    • No doubt it’s a challenge. πŸ™‚ Heard good things about the gardens in Wellington. Spent a lot of time at the one in Christchurch, a nice place.

  3. This looks amazing! I want to get to NZ so bad. Possibly next year or the year after? It’s in the game plan and this is now on my destinations to visit.

    • Glad to hear here, you will love the hot springs. Hope you get to NZ very soon. πŸ™‚ Need to work on a plan of attack for getting back.

  4. This reminds me of a natural hot springs I went to in Big Bend National Park in Texas right along the Rio Grande River. Love places like this.

  5. Wow, Kerosene Creek really does look magical. I love to hear about these beautiful little, free places! Very inspiring thank-you.

    • Your welcome. Love checking out (running into) free, natural places that haven’t been commercialized. This creek is a gem! πŸ™‚

  6. Seven photos down there’s one with a bit of orange pooled on the side – is that water with mineral content or a solar flare?

    • It had something to do with the lighten and lens when I took that shot. Still do love the rest of the photo though. Does look mysterious though based on the rest of the photo. πŸ™‚

  7. Yes! Kerosene Creek was amazing! We went at night time so people lit tea candles to see. And we got to star gaze, as you can imagine the stars there are INCREDIBLE!

    • Cool beans! Yes yes, the stars are magical too there. Must have been neat to see the creek from that unique perspective.

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