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Hells Gate

State Highway 30 | Tikitere, Tikitere, New Zealand
+64 7-345 3151
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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 and wellbeing. A unique iconic New Zealand visitor experience. The Wai Ora Spa also features the unique 'New Zealand Cultural Spa Experience' with traditional Maori massage, facials and body treatments
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  • Average15%
  • Poor5%
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“sulphur spa” (103 reviews)
“thermal park” (36 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
State Highway 30 | Tikitere, Tikitere, New Zealand
+64 7-345 3151
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Visited this place on our road trip. There are many options we chose the private mud and supper spa. Changing room was nothing much and the mud bath for two was really not laid out properly.we were told only twenty mins but manage to stay...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow this is an incredible place! We opted for the self guided tour and it was quite an eye opener.Yes it's pretty stinky when the steam and gases hit you however it's all part of the experience.Bubbling pools and rising mists-it looks like something from...More

Thank _KeeptheFaith450_
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fascinating display of the earth's geothermal forces. There were a number of hissing and bubbling lakes, a hot waterfall, black bubbling pots and white ash like areas. The ground was hot to walk on and steam came from lots of small holes and fissures. At...More

Thank archike
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a unique spot and at 90 pp for roughly 2.5 hours it's not unreasonable. I had the guided tour, honestly the guided tour made it worth the money. Spend the money on the geothermal walk it is worth it. I was not going...More

Thank katlat29
Reviewed 1 week ago

We did the 20-minute mud bath and unlimited spa time after. We did not do the tour. The mud bath was unique, and aside from sharing the pools with many people, it was unique. After the quick showers, we enjoyed trying the three different spa...More

Thank JspencerCO
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We last visited Hell's Gate 45 years ago, when it was colourful with mineral deposits and had really active fumaroles puffing out high-pressure steam. It is now a shadow of what it used to be: all in shades of grey and with big pools of...More

Thank sydneynick
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a very different and cool experience. Worth the admission price but some things to be aware of. Wear something you're prepared to ruin because the smell never washes out of those clothes. Also you will need to moisturise your skin after because it...More

Thank Joshua M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did a self guided walk around the park which was great exploring and the signs were very informative. Then we booked a private mud bath which was our first mud experience and it was really great! Followed by a dip in the sulphuric pools...More

Thank Kelly M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our trip to Hells Gate was great. The thermal pools were very interesting and had heaps of information about them around the track and on the map. The mud bath was so relaxing and such a unique experience. The best part was the great service...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting tour of the geothermal park with knowledgeable guide before unique eexperiences of mud bath and sulphur spa. The shuttle made it really easy to get there and back from town.

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December 27, 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.
February 25, 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