A surprise mud pool has appeared in a residential area in Whakarewarewa, Rotorua.

Mud and steam rising from the site. Photo / Supplied
Mud and steam rising from the site. Photo / Supplied

The newly steaming, bubbling area at the end of a cul-de-sac on Meade St was taped off today.

A Rotorua Lakes Council spokeswoman said a report came through at 1am that the ground was shaking and a loud noise was coming from the bank behind a house.

Surprise mud pool on Rotorua property. Photo / Supplied
Surprise mud pool on Rotorua property. Photo / Supplied

When the council's geothermal inspector went to check, steam was seen venting under pressure from a hole in the bank and wet mud was being thrown out.

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She said some of the ground collapsed later in the morning.

Later today the occupant was advised to move out as a safety precaution.

The spokeswoman said the event appeared to be isolated to the area coned off.

Surprise mud pool on Rotorua property. Photo / Supplied
Surprise mud pool on Rotorua property. Photo / Supplied

GNS was informed and staff have been onsite for investigations and monitoring.

The mud pool is not part of Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village on Tryon St.

Rotorua is part of the Taupō Volcanic Zone, a geothermal field extending from White Island to Mt Ruapehu.

Steam rising from the site. Photo / Rotorua Lakes Council
Steam rising from the site. Photo / Rotorua Lakes Council