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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?

Photo of the Week: Lake Rotorua in New Zealand.

Shot of Lake Rotorua in New Zealand from its southern shore near sunset. Found this spot off Memorial Drive near the town centre of Rotorua.

Lake Rotorua is the second largest lake on the North Island. The lake is an old crater from a volcano that last erupted 240,000 years ago. The view made me forget about the sulphurΒ smell due to the continued thermal activity in the area. Make sure to checkout some nearby hot springs, geysers and hot mud pools.

Lake Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand

Auckland and The North Island, New Zealand

My last post contained some of my favorite experiences of the South Island of New Zealand. I’ve also had great times on the North Island, which is where the majority of the New Zealand population lives. It enjoys the same contrasts in geography as the South Island with a tropical feel at the top, mountain ranges, rolling farmland, a volcanic plateau in the middle and beaches everywhere. The capital, Wellington, resides on the North Island, as does New Zealand’s largest city Auckland.

I know the three days has past for #Blog4NZ, but I have so much more to share in supporting New Zealand travel in the wake of the Canterbury earthquake. πŸ™‚ Some highlights of my time in Auckland and the North Island:

Sky Tower - Auckland

Sky Tower. In Auckland, it’s the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere and what most people would recognize from the skyline. There is a revolving restaurant up top, amazing views as far as the eye can see and of course there is the famous SkyJump, where you can base jump. You call also do a SkyWalk around the top.

Mt. Eden - Auckland

Mt. Eden. There are 50 extinct volcanoes and craters throughout greater Auckland. This is one of the more well-known ones. You can get great panoramic views of the entire area with walking areas aplenty.

Piha Beach

Piha Beach. Black iron sand and along the Tasman Sea, just west of Auckland it’s a popular day trip from the city. If you love to surf, try here. Also checkout just to the north Bethells Beach and the dark volcanic sand and sand dudes. Even saw some signs denoting quick sand so be careful.

Owharoa Falls

Owharoa Falls. Just like the south there are waterfalls everywhere. This one is within the Karangahake Gorge, near Waihi.

Kerosine Creek - Rotorua

Rotorua. A famous tourist destination and the heartland of New Zealand’s Maori culture. Maori are the indigenous people of New Zealand. The region around Rotorua contains numerous geysers, mud pools and thermal springs. Kerosine Creek, pictured above, is 30 km south of Rotorua. It’s a hot spring with a little waterfall free to all comers. A great place to relax, unwind and not think about anything.

Penguins at Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World - Auckland

At Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World (aquarium) in Auckland you can see all kinds of fish, sharks, swim with giant stingrays and of course checkout the big king penguins. Lot’s of Antarctic history and artifacts too.

No matter where you’re at always have your camera out and ready. Check out some of my other photos of my time in Auckland and The North Island. The scenery and things to do New Zealand is never-ending. What will I check out next time, hmmm.