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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)
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State Highway 30 | Tikitere, Tikitere, New Zealand
+64 7-345 3151
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

My husband and I popped in for a mud bath one evening on a tour of New Zealand. Absolutely loved it, the mud bath was incredibly restorative as was the other pools in the spa- and by god we needed it after partying on the...More

Thank hockeychick36
Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

Pretty spectacular place. Did the self guided walk and had some amazing pools and information. Definately worthwhile if visiting the area.

Thank Randomactsofkindness
Reviewed 29 September 2017 via mobile

Started with a walk....what an experience...the pools, the mud it was a breathtaking experience (and not from the smell of sulphur..haha) the mud volcano was cool(i mean hot) and the steaming cliffs....temps up to 144....don't touch. Ended with a soothing lather of mud in thw...More

Thank Chummz
Reviewed 24 September 2017

What an amazing place, like a moonscape, boiling lakes, waterfalls and boiling mud, then a rainforest! Really good examples of amazing geothermal activitity. Then...you can sit into mud pools (cleared up my persistent eczma)after that indulge in the sulphur pools. Overall a great experience. My...More

Thank TravellingTracey01
Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

Soaking in the mud or the sulphur pool is amazing- makes your skin feel soft, all my pain disappeared. Although smelly it is so worth going.

Thank NickyAkers
Reviewed 22 September 2017

What an amazing walk through a heaving and hissing geothermal park! Mud volcano, water hot enough to cook a whole pig in two hours, and steaming waterfalls to give a sense of the latent power of Mother Nature. Truly awesome. We capped it off with...More

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Reviewed 13 September 2017

I had the best time on this trip. Got picked up from town on a free transfer and was taken to Hells Gate. Mark was our tour guide and took us around the geothermal park where we learnt alot of history and very knowledgable. We...More

Thank chloe c
Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

This trip is a great all rounder. Mark picked us up from town and took us on a guided walk through the geothermal park - this was so interesting and the views are amazing. Mark has so much knowledge so if he's your guide, ask...More

Thank Natalie M
Reviewed 9 September 2017

While my spouse and I enjoyed the mud baths and warm water, we thought the accommodation could have been a bit better. They did not have towels and we ended up waiting for towels for over 30 extra minutes after we already wanted to get...More

Thank Aiste B
Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

Visit this place in bad weather or out of season. It is quite a small site with bubbling mud pools, lakes etc but the guided tour is the best bit. We went in the pouring rain and stayed because of the guide who was so...More

Thank Jenny W
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27 December 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.
25 February 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