Hell's Gate Thermal Reserve, Mud Bath & Spas. Rotorua's most active thermal park - walk past steaming fumeroles and hot pools of boiling MUD so violent they are unnerving.

Hell's Gate Thermal Reserve, Mud Bath & Spas

Attraction - Rotorua
Price: Starting from NZ $35.00 per adult

If you'd like to experience something really unique, and only available in Rotorua, New Zealand then let us guide you on an amazing journey to Hell's Gate Thermal Park.
Explore the interactive opportunities with a guided tour of the geothermal park and get hands on with the geothermal mud or get your feet dirty in the Hells Gate Mud Foot Pool. Try your hand at Maori carving at our Interactive Carving House to make your own souvenir to take home.

Recommended time: Allow one hour for self-guided walk or 1.5 hours for guided tour, more time for any of the interactive cultural options.

About Hell's Gate

For more than 700 years, Rotorua Maori have lived on this special site, treasured by Maori as a place of healing and revitalisation.

At New Zealand's only Maori owned thermal park, follow the footsteps of warriors of old, through the swirling clouds of steam, past the pool where the Maori Princess "Hurutini" lost her life for her people. See the geothermal activity of the Inferno, the Kakahi Falls, the largest hot waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere. Here, warriors would bathe in the sulphurous waters to heal their wounds after battle and remove the "tapu" (sacredness) of war.

The special muds and sulphurous waters have been guarded for centuries by Kaitiaki, 'Wai Ora' (guardian warrior) after whom the spa is named.

Thermal Park Attractions

Inferno - five separate pools which range from 70°C to 110°C, with depths from 5m to 15m.

Kakahi Falls - the largest hot waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere.

Bush Walk - enjoy the tranquil setting of Hells Gate's native forest walk, keep an ear out for native bird song along the way.

Mud Volcano - the only example of a mud volcano in a thermal park in New Zealand.

Cooking Pools - geothermal hot pools historically used to cook food by Rotorua Maori.

Medicine Lake - used for hundreds of years for all manner of aches and pains, visitors can put their hands in the water to feel how warm and soft the water is.

Interactive Culture Options

Mud Foot Pool

After exploring the geothermal walk ways at Hells Gate slow the pace down by relaxing your feet in the warm waters of our foot mud pool. Squeeze the mud between your toes and relax while you look out across the active geothermal reserve.

Carving Experience

In the Carving House of Hells Gate learn about Maori carving, the techniques and the meaning behind some of these intricate and beautiful designs. Learn some basic carving skills so you can produce your own carving to take home.

Guided Tour

Join a guided tour of the Hells Gate Geothermal Reserve, your knowledgeable guide will share stories of the area and its significance to our ancestors. Explore and interact with the landscape as guides encourage visitors to get hands on in suitable areas to touch and feel the different muds of Hells Gate.

Wai Ora Spas, Mud Bath, and Sulphur Spas

"Wai Ora", a Maori term which means "healing waters", our highly regarded massage therapies are based on the historical Mirimiri healing practices of local Maori people, a historic cultural spa experience that dates back more than 700 years. Wai Ora heals physically, mentally and spiritually. Our luxurious therapies use the famous, mineral rich geothermal muds of Rotorua.

The special muds and sulphurous waters have been guarded for centuries by the Kaitiaki (guardian warrior) after whom the spa is named. Additional properties of Hell's Gate muds include:
  • Very strong affinity to moisture in the skin making it an excellent product for promoting regenerating skin cells
  • Detoxifying and purifying action of the mud on the skin when drying
  • Highly active clay surfaces of the mud that easily absorbs excess oils and fatty secretions from within the skin's pores
  • Bacteriacidal properties of the mud through its sulphur content which kill bacteria and assists in the prevention and elimination of acne.

Wai Ora New Zealand Spa

The New Zealand Spa facility at Hell's gate is where visitors can experience the unique geothermal mud and sulphurous waters in privacy as well as in a totally unique environment. The environment and atmosphere here is such that; along with the quality facilities for the Wai Ora traditional massage and private lounge where clients can relax in comfort, prior to, during and after their spa treatments; a totally, uniquely New Zealand Spa Experience that is unsurpassed has been created.

Hells Gate now offers a 'Twilight Spa' which allows evening bathing under the stars until 10pm.

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