Walk to Sulphur Point

    Rate this Adventure 0.5 miles 0 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

    Added by Tiffany Young

    See what Rotorua is about right in the CBD!

    If you're in Rotorua and taking a chill day, definitely check out Sulphur Point in the city centre!

    A quick and easy walk from the carpark, Sulphur Point is on the Southern end of Lake Rotorua and is a sulfurous area that lies on top of an active geothermal field.

    Find small mud pools and sulphur vents in this wildlife sanctuary and refuge while getting a good sniff of the air from a mixture of the lake breeze and hot geothermal water. You'll notice in Rotorua the smell can often sneak up on you. But there's no avoiding it here!

    "Geothermal soils are infertile with unusually high levels of sulphur and iron. Not only do plants have to tolerate poor soil but they’re also exposed to steam and toxic gases." On the walk, you'll notice what looks like orange moss on the plants.

    Read more about this amazing sulfuric area here and please stay on the path at all times. The murky water is an acidic level of pH 3.5!

    This is a short walk that can easily take up more time!


    The trail starts to the left of the Polynesian Spa. To drive there, there is parking all around. You can park on the street in front of the spa, at the Blue Baths, Government Gardens, Polynesian Spa or snag a free overnight campervan/self-contained parking spot across the street from the Polynesian Spa. Not self-contained vehicles can park there from 8am-8pm. 

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    Dog Friendly
    Easy Parking
    Family Friendly
    Food Nearby
    Handicap Accessible

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