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Hell's Gate - Geothermal Walk & Sulphur Spa


Combine a relaxing natural Sulphur Spa with an exploration of Rotorua's most active thermal park - Hell's Gate!


  • Discover New Zealand's amazing thermal reserve by self guided or guided tour
  • Walk past steaming cliffs, cooking pools, a mud volcano and Medicinal Sulphur Lake
  • Learn about local myths and legends plus experience Maori carving
  • Take a soak in the healing Sulphur Spas

Come and experience a tour of New Zealand's most unique Geothermal reserve, followed by a relaxing and rejuvenating soak!

Take either a self-guided or guided tour over the sacred grounds of New Zealand's most active geothermal landscape, as you explore the vast array of geothermal features and navigate unearthly landscapes, hissing with fumaroles and violently boiling mud pools.

You'll learn the myths and legends of this very special place and have the chance to try some traditional Maori carving, before soaking up the revitalising properties of the Hell's Gate Sulphur Spa, long revered for its magical healing qualities.


Adult $59.00
Child $29.50

What's included

  • Includes the geothermal walk which takes between one and a half hours, as well as Māori carving, sulphur spas and cool plunge pool


  • Hells Gate is located approximately 25 minutes from Rotorua City on SH30. Full driving instructions are provided on your booking confirmation email.


  • Geothermal Walk: A Complimentary guided-tour runs daily at 9.30am and 1:30pm (four times during peak season). Alternatively, a self-guided map is provided.

    Courtesy Coach departures: Hell’s Gate provides a complimentary shuttle pick-up and drop-off, available from within the Rotorua central area. Bookings are essential. Please contact the tour operator to arrange after booking if required.

    Summer 1st October to 31st March

    Pick-up - Rotorua: 8:50am, 12:50pm, 4:50pm and 6:50pm.

    Depart - Hell’s Gate:12.30pm, 4:30pm, 7.30pm and 9:00pm.

    Winter 1st April to 30th September Pick-up - Rotorua: 8:50am, 12:50pm and 3:50pm. Depart Hell’s Gate: 12.30pm, 3:30pm and 6:30pm.

    If it is raining bring out a suitable raincoat or you can purchase a disposable rain cape at Hell's Gate for $3.50. Do not be deterred by rain as the geothermal park is at its best when it is raining (as long as it is not too heavy).

  • You can bring your own swimsuits and towel, but swimsuits, shorts and towels can be hired at reception for $5.00 per item. These items are commercially laundered after each use. We also have a range of swimsuits for sale, subject to availability.

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Amy from Australia wrote on 18 June 2019

Go for a walk and get muddy

We did the walk and then the mud and Sulfur bath- and had the best time! My visiting Aussie parents loved the experience too. I highly recommend doing this! Our skin feels amazing today as well..!

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Sharleen from New Zealand wrote on 14 July 2017

Couldn't believe that walk it was amazing

Incredible that the who walk was earth and not man made

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Jenny from New Zealand wrote on 11 January 2017


Really great time .the walk was impressive and the mud pools were great fun ,clean and nice areas to shower and dress .great helpful staff .we had a lovely time thankyou.

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Kate Steadman from New Zealand wrote on 29 March 2017

Kiwi tourist for a day

My friend and I are both NZers and really enjoyed the walk around the reserve at Hells. We also enjoyed a soak in the sulphur spa. However If you are deciding between the spa and the mud bath, skip the spa. The complimentary carving was great and provided international tourists with an interactive cultural experience. However there were a couple of down falls. We wanted to add the mud baths onto our package and were quoted $20 extra pp over the phone. when we got there the price rose to $40pp, and another staff member told us $45pp on top of a somewhat already expensive admission. Also there was no mud in the foot mud pool (just gravel), and the water was cold? Overall a good day!

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Alex from New Zealand wrote on 02 August 2018

Hells gate

Hells gate was ok. Nothing special, I found I had a more exciting time walking around the natural pinds/ mud pools at the park in Rotorua for free. The mud bsth was nice, I enjoyed that but wouldn't spend that kind of money to ho here again

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