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

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

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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
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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. 

  • Daily guided tours (optional)
  • Map with geothermal walk route
  • Mud baths
  • Mud foot pool
  • Sulfur spas
  • Māori carving
  • Cool plunge pool
  • Swimwear and towels (available to rent or buy 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
  • Jewelry
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • Guided tours run daily at 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM (October 1, 2022, to March 31, 2023), subject to availability
  • The mud bath has a time limit of 20 minutes per person per visit for health and safety reasons
  • The minimum age for the mud baths is 2.5 years old. For the sulfur spa, the minimum age is 6 months old. Children must be aged 12 and over to participate in the carving
  • Your swimwear and towels will have a sulfur smell to them after your experience and will need to be cleaned thoroughly. It is recommended to use old swimwear. Renting or buying swim items from Hell's Gate Geothermal Reserve and Mud Spa is also an option, subject to availability
  • The chemical makeup of the spa's muds and waters will tarnish most jewelry, particularly silver. It is recommended to wait 24 to 48 hours to put it back on after your visit
  • Some spa services are subject to availability
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 46 reviews

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A truly unique experience. The mud baths and Sulfur spa was so much fun. The surrounding mud pools, geothermal activity along with the rainforest, bush land and waterfall was spectacular. Wish we had more time to enjoy the spas so best to allow 3-4 hours to fully explore all this place has to offer. Highly recommend!!

November 20, 2022

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

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