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Hell's Gate Geothermal Park
Hell's Gate Geothermal Park

Hell's Gate Geothermal Park

State Highway 30, Rotorua, New Zealand

The Basics

Hell's Gate’s wooden boardwalk create a safe path through the steaming chaos; the walk takes roughly 90 minutes to complete. Points of interest along the way include the Inferno pool; Kakahi Falls, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest hot waterfall; a native forest; and a mud volcano. After strolling the boardwalk, you can relax at a mud foot pool or soar high above Hell's Gate on a helicopter tour.

The mineral waters and mud, used for centuries by the local Maori people, are believed to have health benefits. The natural pools can easily reach above the boiling point; the hottest, Steaming Cliffs, registers temperatures over 250 degrees F (121 degrees C). Gain entry into the geothermal park and choose between curative treatments like a sulphur spa, mud bath, or a combination of the two. Private options are also available for those who prefer more privacy.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Rotorua

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Relaxing
Wendy_M, Nov 2021
Hell's Gate Mud Bath & Spas
My husband needed some time out from the demands at work. This was a fantastic relaxing time. Chilling out in the mud bath and sulphur pools.
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Awesome relaxing...
Brendon_S, Oct 2021
Hell's Gate Mud Bath & Spas
Awesome relaxing experience. Been wanting to go here for years and finally done it. Great staff and facilities
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Awesome time, will be back in a heartbeat!
Andrew, Sep 2021
The Hell's Gate Experience
Fantastic service!! Had the whole place to ourselves and would highly recommend the Geothermal Reserve walk plus the Mud Spa.
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A walk to remember
SHAMSIAH_M, Aug 2019
Hell's Gate Geothermal Walk
It's our first time walking amongst bubbling water/mud in a geothermal active region. The smell of sulphur is in the air but sadly we did not see any sprouting geysers during the walk. It would have made it complete. But thank you for the experience and the good service 😊
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A Worthwhile Experience!
Vishney_A, Sep 2019
The Hell's Gate Experience
Definitely try to book the 12:50pm shuttle so you can make it in time for the 1:30 guided tour. Our tour guide, Tu, was knowledgeable about both Maori history and legend, as well as geothermal science, and made the whole tour feel very personal. He also taught us how to carve after the tour. The area looks so weird and alien because of the hot pools and the surrounding sulfur oxide deposits, and is definitely worth experience. It was incredibly fun to cake yourself in the mud bath afterward, and the sulfur spa was a perfect way to end a long day. Make sure to rent a bathing suit and towel if you are doing a mud bath, and afterward pack your clothes in a small bag separate from the rest of your things or it'll make other clothes smell in your luggage.
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Very relaxing with friendly staff
Tammy_H, Jul 2019
Hell's Gate Mud Bath & Spas
You don't need to spend long to feel your muscles relax. I would definitely recommend taking old swimmers that you intend to throw-out, or simply hire some there.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Hell's Gate is the only Maori-owned thermal park in New Zealand.

  • Bring a bathing suit and towel, or rent them at reception.

  • Children must be supervised by an adult at all times.

  • Wear comfortable footwear if you’re walking, and bring sunscreen in summer.

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How to Get There

Hell's Gate Geothermal Park is located 15 minutes from downtown Rotorua on State Highway 30. There are complimentary round-trip shuttles that run several times a day, morning until late afternoon, with purchase of an admission ticket.

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When to Get There

The park is open from 8:30am–10pm every day except Christmas. Duration depends on the type of activity selected with admission; most therapeutic treatments last 60–90 minutes. You can also arrange a guided tours in the morning or afternoon; after 6pm, you can soak up a spa treatment under the stars.

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What’s in a Name?

The playwright George Bernard Shaw first uttered the name “Hell's Gate”; he reasoned that if hell were to have a gate, it would surely look like this. However, the site has held major significance to the Ngati Rangiteaorereiwi, or tribe, for more than 700 years. Tikitapu is the Maori name originally given to the valley; it’s named after a princess who ended her life by jumping into a boiling pool.

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