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

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

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

Discover the best of Hell's Gate Geothermal Park in Rotorua with daily guided tours, a map for a geothermal walk, and multiple spa experiences. Enjoy mud baths, a mud foot pool, sulfur spas, Māori carving, and more. Located approximately 15 minutes from the town's center, Hell's Gate awaits. When you arrive, choose to start your visit by discovering the geothermal features using an included map or join one of the daily guided tours. After learning about the history, features, and uniqueness of the geothermal area and the unique healing muds of Hell's Gate, experience New Zealand’s historic spa 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 sulfur spas give your skin gentle exfoliation and deep cleansing. 

Hells Gate Mud Bath and Sulphur Spa Experience

2. 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

3. Rotorua: Hell's Gate Geothermal Walk

Discover Hell's Gate Geothermal Reserve and Mud Spa ((Tikitere) in Rotorua. Join a guided walking tour around one of the most active geothermal sites in New Zealand. Get to know the reserve and see New Zealand's largest active mud volcano. Located an approximately 15-minute drive from central Rotorua, arrive at Hell's Gate to start exploring the site's extensive history. Explore independently with an included map, or join a guided walk (subject to availability). Hell's Gate boasts New Zealand's largest active mud volcano, the Southern Hemisphere's largest hot waterfalls, and even examples of land coral. See boiling hot pools and erupting waters with temperatures exceeding 100 degrees Celsius.

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What people are saying about Hells Gate Geothermal Reserve

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 109 reviews

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 !’

Definitely recommend, leave yourself plenty of time to explore

Something a bit different but super fun and very relaxing