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Hells Gate

State Highway 30 | Tikitere, Tikitere, New Zealand
+64 7-345 3151
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New Zealand's only geothermal mud bath complex where visitors can immerse themselves in the silky smooth warm geothermal mud and sulphurous waters of the Hells gate thermal reserve that have been used by the Maori for more than 700 years for healing and wellbeing. A unique iconic New Zealand visitor experience. The Wai Ora Spa also features the unique 'New Zealand Cultural Spa Experience' with traditional Maori massage, facials and body treatments
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State Highway 30 | Tikitere, Tikitere, New Zealand
+64 7-345 3151
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Jackson, cooked us a good lunch and then was our guide around Hell's Gate, even though we had to cut the walk short due to a tight schedule, it was very interesting and beautiful. The mud bath was great and our skin felt like velvet...More

Thank Andrea F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hell’s Gate is circa 30 mins drive from Rotorua. It is a self-guided walk through a 10 acres geo-thermal reserve. Walk past steaming fumeroles, lakes of yellow, sulphorous water, mud pools bubbling like cauldrons, a mud volcano and the largest hot waterfall in southern hemisphere...More

1  Thank RosieFifeGirl
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Such an amazing way to start our visit to Rotorua, Thoroughly enjoyed learning the history of the area and soaking in the warm mud and sulphur spa. Felt so relaxed for the afternoon. Thanks to Jackson for our history lesson, you were great.

Thank Karen C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was our first encounter of the mud pools and geysers etc, so we were pretty wow-ed! There truly is nothing like it that we've ever seen. You can walk around the park or go with a tour guide. The facilities etc are nothing fancy,...More

1  Thank Danigal0
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was raining so one of our tour got cancelled. We checked a few places and this one offered the whole thing. So we went there. It was a great experience. We did the full park visit from beautiful rain forest to waterfall and the...More

Thank Hologram88
Reviewed 19 June 2017

The staff was accommodating and helpful - taking care of us every step along the way. The mud bath was soooo much fun. So were the steam sulfur pools. And on top of all that the views were of a beautiful volcanic landscape. Highly recommended...More

Thank Steven P
Reviewed 19 June 2017 via mobile

We did the ultimud package inclusive of private mud bath, sulphur spa and 1 hr lf massage. The massage was good with great massage techniques but it was initially scheduled to be held at 4.30pm and the therapists only attended to us at 5 pm....More

Thank Lidya O
Reviewed 19 June 2017 via mobile

It's fun to be in the pool with someone and putting mud on each other and having fun... but it costs quite a lot for what it is. If you can afford it do it, but if it stops you from eating. Don't. Really enjoyed...More

1  Thank Jonathan E
Reviewed 18 June 2017

We came for the sulfur pools & spa and loved the hiking/tour the most. There is quite an extensive tour of the thermal area that is included here. We also had a soak in the sulfur pools. We had a great afternoon.

Thank EatWorkTravel
Reviewed 13 June 2017

An interesting look at a variety of thermal pools and activity. We did the walk unguided at lunch time, and were surprised at how how it was, Good to save the mud pool and spa for after the walk. A fairly unique experience that we...More

1  Thank Davemart30
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27 December 2016|
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Response from Suzie O | Reviewed this property |
You need to book in advance for the massage and private message and bath.
Hi TA mates, I'm looking to book a geothermal walk, mud bath and sulphur spa combo at Hell's Gate. I understand you can do the walk self-guided or with a guide (runs twice a day?). Can anyone advise which option might be best? And does the guided walk cost more/available in the combo package? I'm thinking the guided option might be very crowded and impersonal in November so may be best to take the self-guided option to avoid large crowds? The visit would be in November. Any advice or feedback would be greatly appreciated. Also we will be driving down from Pokeno (south of Auckland) that day so thinking it best to detour around Lake Rotorua to Hell's Gate before entering Rotorua for the night (with a motorhome). Would that be the most practical (assuming road north around Lake Rotorua is suitable for motorhomes?). Please forgive me if these are stupid questions - I've not visited Rotorua before:) CHeers, LIsa.
25 February 2016|
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Response from Dennis K | Reviewed this property |
Hi, we were there in November of 2015 and it wasn't crowded. The guided tour had approximately 10 people on it. The mud pool had 2 others who got out a few minutes after we got in and the sulfur pool had one other family in... More