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

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

From US$ 56.84 per person

Combine a relaxing mud bath and sulphur spa experience with an exploration of Rotorua's most active thermal park at Hells Gate Geothermal Reserve.

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Duration 3 hours
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  • Experience the best of the famous Hell's Gate geothermal reserve with this special combo
  • Marvel at unique geothermal wonders and walk through the heart of a geothermic field
  • Enjoy a relaxing mud bath and sulphur spa experience
Full description
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.  Note that a complimentary shuttle service picks up from central Rotorua three to four times a day (seasonally) with scheduled return services.
  • Entry ticket
  • Self-guided map
  • Guided tour at either 10:30 AM or 2:30 PM
  • Mud Bath
  • Sulphur Spa
  • Complimentary shuttle from central Rotorua (select when booking)
  • Swimwear and towels available to hire onsite
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with heart problems
  • People with high blood pressure
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with food allergies

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Meeting point

Hells Gate Geothermal Reserve, 351 State Highway 30, Tikitere, Rotorua

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Towel
  • Swimwear

Not allowed

  • Smoking
  • Drones
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • Complimentary shuttle must be pre-booked and is subject to availability
  • Please confirm your shuttle pick-up time and location with the local operator after booking, note that your hotel pick-up may be earlier than the time shown when booking
  • The minimum age for the mud baths is 2.5-years-old, whereas the sulphur spa is 6 months of age
  • All children under the age of 15 must be supervised by a caregiver at all times. Children are recommended not to bathe for extended periods of time, and drink water constantly
  • Open daily except for Christmas Day, opening hours vary seasonally
  • Allow 1 hour for self-guided walk or 1.5 hours for guided tour
  • The Park is an all-weather activity, wet weather can make the geothermal park activity more noticeable
  • Bring swimwear and towels, they will not be discolored by the sulphur but should be washed as soon as practicable
  • Changing rooms, shower facilities, and disabled facilities are available onsite
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 39 reviews

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I’m from Australia and we don’t have anything like this there. So it was new to me. But I really enjoyed it! New Zealand is amazing. Wish you could spend more time in the mud baths, you’re only allocated 20 mins in those. But the spa (if you paid for it) you can spend as long as you want. We also turned up at the right time and was able to get a guided tour through Hells gate, which I’d recommend. Rather than just walking around aimlessly. There’s signs around to explain things but our guide was super knowledgeable and showed us some pretty cool stuff we wouldn’t otherwise have known. Very cool experience!

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January 8, 2020

Excellent informative guided tour. Great mud bath!

Loved the guided tour. Very informative guide Josh, who even showed us how to carve at the end of tour. The mud bath is a must do. Warm showers to clean you off. Be sure to rinse suit well in cold water or mud and smell will linger. Also take your jewelry off and keep it off 24 hours.

October 2, 2019

Very nice and the mud baths are tops

Many colors in these varied volcanic scenery. A nice walk before ending with the bath a bit hot, it comes out cooked, all red and then go into the mud bath relax. The top, the little is very sweet, I beak a smell of sulfide but it must be ...

February 20, 2019

Product ID: 134370