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Hells Gate

State Highway 30, 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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  • Very good34%
  • Average14%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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“mud bath” (403 reviews)
“sulphur spa” (110 reviews)
“skin feels” (19 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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State Highway 30, Tikitere, New Zealand
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+64 7-345 3151
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Reviewed today via mobile

A leisurely walk through the geothermal park followed by a dip in the mud baths and sulphur pools is a unique experience that you will not find anywhere else. We came early morning in May and almost had the whole place to ourselves. Talking to...More

Thank BIGbUrJe
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Reviewed yesterday

We did the walk and the mud bath combo. I know it is a bit expensive but, what the heck. we had come all the way from California and wanted to experience the natural wonders of Rotorua. Other reviews complain about only 20 minutes in...More

Thank Lovetoexplore16
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My Partner and i visited the site while holidaying after reading some of the reviews and they were so wrong. The walk was the best part. The walk is very interesting and we highly enjoyed it reading about the different PH readings and temperatures, then...More

Thank Matthew K
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I liked the historical and geographical information planted in signs about the geothermal walk through the steaming Hell's Gates. It was fascinating seeing water bubbling naturally at up to 144 degrees c! Wondering around the geothermal pools makes you really think. Funny signs in the...More

Thank traciegila
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Mud bath was excellent, however you are only allowed 20mins there. The rest of the time you are in the sulpha baths. During our time there one of sulpha bath was closed due to maintenance, so there was a lot of people in the smaller...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The geothermal activity is a must see, and the mud bath was truly a unique experience, not to be missed!

Thank Ashraf F
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Do not miss if you’re visiting North Island. Try and go on the guided tour if you’ve time. Rachel was our guide and we learnt so much from her. The mud and sulphur baths are fun as well. A good and inexpensive cafe

1  Thank Jon R
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Went here for a afternoon with family and enjoyed the walk around the park and dipping our feet in the mud bath at the end. We only came across 1 bus load of tourists, so it was quiet for a long weekend compared to other...More

1  Thank Philange
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Hubby and I have been to this place often and toured around the park. However we never went mud bathing before. The service and information given was friendly. We had a fun time getting our mud on and then relaxing in the supher pools. Note:...More

Thank Breeze_NZ
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Reviewed April 15, 2018

Went here just after the Christmas holiday, but unfortunately we went too late in the day because we missed the tour of the grounds. However, that costs extra $NZD. I still think it may be worth it to see the area and how the water...More

1  Thank gorocketdog
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nikinana225
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.
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LisaM1104
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
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