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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%
  • Terrible3%
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State Highway 30 | Tikitere, Tikitere, New Zealand
+64 7-345 3151
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Reviewed November 26, 2016 via mobile

This is our second visit to this unique Mud Bath. I personally enjoy it very much. The smell, the mud, the environment and the staff are all relaxing. You will first be led to the changing room with a big box for you to put...More

Thank LilyChak
Reviewed November 26, 2016

We bought the combo ticket for a walking tour plus mud bath/spa. The tour was really interesting to walk around the hot pools and learn more, would recommend the guided version rather than walking around yourself just reading the signs. The mud bath was fun...More

Thank Laura J
Reviewed November 25, 2016

Getting to this location you will probably skirt around the beautiful Lake Rotorua, a beautiful lake. The site itself is easy to find and has plenty of parking and friendly staff. Be warned being geothermal it is smelly sulphorous fumes (bad egg smell, soon forgotten)....More

Reviewed November 25, 2016

The smell isn't great but it's not as bad as I'd been told. It's an easy access site. Great for strollers and some wheelchairs. The paths are not paved or bitumen so expect it a little bouncy underfoot. Please obey the signs to keep to...More

Thank Caz G
Reviewed November 25, 2016

We spent a considerable amount of time in the park due to the wonderful guide and his in depth knowledge of the thermal wonderland we traveled. A big thanks Roy for making our day a memorable experience. Kevin and Rose

Thank Lixuhuse
Reviewed November 25, 2016 via mobile

Take a solo tiki tour and burn through the place before you end up with 3rd degree sulphur burns in your nostrils!! Was worth doing, a little less commercialised than some of the other parks in the area.

Thank Ben C
Reviewed November 24, 2016 via mobile

Was an interesting experience, nice walk around the park, mud bath was nice, didn't like the sulphur bath as I didn't like the smell, I thought it was a bit on the expensive side for the walk and baths for 2 adults

Thank Stacie2016
Reviewed November 23, 2016

We did the summer special (tour of the grounds, time in the pools and a 30 minute massage) and with it coming to more than N$300 for a couple we were excited based on all the rave reviews on tripadvisor. The 30 minute massage was...More

Thank AllieB44
Reviewed November 20, 2016

We visited Hells Gate on a Sunday afternoon and were treated to an awesome walk through a geothermal park with geysers and bubbling pools. There is a strong sulphur odor but it does not spoil the experience. It took about 45 minutes to an hour...More

Thank Foreranger
Reviewed November 19, 2016

After a day's activities in Rotorua we decided to indulge in a couple of hours at Hells Gate Geothermal Spa. We got a special deal from our hotel which brought the NZ$75 down to a very reasonable NZ$50 pp. The area has a rich Mouri...More

Thank Stephen F
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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