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Hells Gate Geothermal Reserve

Relax with a spa experience or simply walk the grounds of Rotorua's most active geothermal area.

Hells Gate Geothermal Reserve: Our most recommended tours and activities

Hells Gate Mud Bath and Sulphur Spa Experience

1. Hells Gate Mud Bath and Sulphur Spa Experience

Enjoy a therapeutic mud bath and sulfur spa at Hells Gate Geothermal Reserve, located just a 15-minute drive from central Rotorua. A round-trip shuttle service option from Rotorua is also available. Soak in the thermal mud and acidic, sulfurous waters as the local Maori have done for over 800 years. Apply the natural geothermal mud to your skin while relaxing in the warm sulfurous waters for 20 minutes. Follow the mud spa with a cool shower before relaxing in the hot sulfur mineral spa. The warm geothermal mud opens and cleans the skin’s pores, and the sulfur spa provides a gentle exfoliation and deep cleansing.

Rotorua: Hell's Gate Geothermal Walk, Mud Bath & Sulphur Spa

2. Rotorua: Hell's Gate Geothermal Walk, Mud Bath & Sulphur Spa

Experience the best of Hells Gate Geothermal Park with a self-guided geothermal walk and historic spa experience. The park is located approximately 15 minutes drive from the town's centre.  Discover the geothermal features using a self-guided map or join a guided tour. Learn about the history, features and uniqueness of the geothermal area. After learning about the unique healing muds of Hells Gate, experience New Zealand’s historic spa experience for yourself! Soak in unique thermal mud and acidic sulfurous waters that have been used by the local Maori for more than 800 years. The warm geothermal mud opens and cleans the skin’s pores, while the sulphur spas give your skin a gentle exfoliation and deep cleansing. 

Rotorua: Hell's Gate Geothermal Walk

3. Rotorua: Hell's Gate Geothermal Walk

Discover the Hells Gate/Tikitere Geothermal Reserve, one of the most active in New Zealand.  Enjoy a self-guided walk of the spectacular reserve, located approximately 15-minutes drive from central Rotorua. Hells Gate boasts New Zealand's largest active mud volcano, the Southern Hemisphere's largest hot water falls, and even examples of land coral. See boiling hot pools and erupting waters with temperatures in excess of 100 degrees Celsius. Discover steaming fumaroles, hot water lakes, sulphur crystals and deposits. Learn about Hells Gate’s extensive history independently or join an interactive guided tour at 10:30am or 2:30pm (subject to availability).

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What people are saying about Hells Gate Geothermal Reserve

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 109 reviews

Fun experience!! For the adventure trail, we stopped many times to take photos that we lost track of the time and didn’t realise that it was already dark considering we arrived around 4pm. We were not even half way to the end of the walk and decided to go back as it got darker. But was fun being the only ones doing the adventure trail at the time and by the time we got back the ropes had already been closed off and thought maybe the receptionist/guide at the time had forgotten that we were still in there lol. But was quite an awesome experience though, highly recommend if your in an around the Tikitere area and would like to see waterfalls and some cool geothermals explode.

Mark our guide was brilliant at the history facts and knowledge about the geothermal activities plus life support from the natural resources. Further he was jovial and made humorous comments that were exciting Would recommend this to any traveller

A must do activity in Rotorua . If you can’t do the Geothermal pool and mud bath, just for for the tour - guided or self-guided . Well worth it .

What a great experience!! Easy to get changed and showered. Lovely helpful staff. Even doing it in winter, was worth it !’

Something a bit different but super fun and very relaxing