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Hells Gate

Open Now: 8:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Open today: 8:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Hells Gate Geothermal Reserve Park Entry
From US$24.56*
Hells Gate Geothermal Reserve Park Entry
From US$24.56*
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“mud bath”(439 reviews)
“sulphur spa”(117 reviews)
“skin feels”(21 reviews)
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...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
State Highway 30, Tikitere, New Zealand
+64 7-345 3151
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Reviewed today via mobile

Loved the mud bath, sulphur spa, and geothermal walk. Ask to have a look before you pay extra for the private spas.

Thank deboraha279
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Fabulous morning spent witnessing the geothermal activity so closely. We loved the walk, many photo opportunities, and then we enjoyed the mud pools and sulphur spa. Staff were friendly and welcoming. Nice easy drive to get there.

Thank LisaH4000
Reviewed 6 days ago

The feeling of the volcanic mud on your skin is amazing. Skin is soft for days. Smell is strong so definitely rent the swim suits. Make the time to walk around the hot pools.

Thank Sonja V
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was looking forward to this bug feel really ripped off by this tacky , underwhelming attraction. Avoid !

Thank Russell S
Reviewed 1 week ago

My family of 4 including 2 kids had a great experience. They of course complained about the smell but once we were in the mud, sulphur pool and plunge area, they loved it. Just know that the sulphur smell remains on your skin for a...More

1  Thank Wendy Y
Reviewed 1 week ago

We paid for the walking tour and it was well worth the money. The guide gave us much information about the various pools which one would not have get if you were to walk through the park by yourself. Learn about the different mud (black,...More

Thank TangGrace
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I expected a lot more for the price we paid. Honestly, You better off going to a national Park. If you decide to go, rent a car or cab so you don't have to be waiting for their shuttle. They have only one shuttle and...More

1  Thank USKKDC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As an experience this place definitely has a big wow factor. The heat, The stench and spectacle of the bubbling pools is really otherworldly. You feel like you're in a film set. But the park is quite small and only takes about an hour to...More

Thank AltabasTravels
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was fun to experience a mud spa in Rotorua. The facilities for changing and maintaining your possessions was pretty minimal and basic. This is not a place for a germophobe! We were with friends so we had a blast. Be careful of the clothing...More

Thank JAMfuntimes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On arriving to Rotorua the first thing we noted was the smell :) so when we arrived at Hells Gate we were expecting to be up close with that smell. Not so and the explanation was fascinating. We were on a budget holiday so only...More

Thank David P
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4 June 2018|
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Response from Breeze_NZ | Reviewed this property |
To walk around the park you don't need to book. The guided tour is good but you need to book. If you want a mud bath/sulphur pool I recommend you book as well. June is NZ's Winter season so it could be quiet in the... More
28 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