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Hell's Gate - Geothermal Walk

Explore Rotorua’s most active thermal park! Hell’s Gate is set on over 50 acres of highly active geothermal landscape.


  • Enjoy a guided or self-guided geothermal walk through Hell’s Gate
  • Try Māori carving and learn about local Māori myths and legends
  • Get your feet dirty in the healing mud foot pool
  • See the amazing Mud Volcano and Steaming Cliffs
  • Discover the largest hot waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere

Embark on a guided or self-guided walk of New Zealand’s most active geothermal reserve, walking amongst erupting waters, billowing steam, an active mud volcano, and Kakahi Falls, the largest hot waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere.

Experience getting your hands and feet dirty in the healing mud foot pool or try your hand at traditional Māori carving at the interactive carving house.

Come and discover Hell’s Gate – a place of myth and legend that has the power to heal and excite anyone who meets it.

Adult $39.00
Child $19.50 (5 - 15 years)
Family $99.00 (2 Adults + 4 Children)

What's included

  • Includes the geothermal walk, as well as Māori carving and a mud foot pool


  • Allow approximately 1 hour for the whole experience


  • Hell’s Gate is located approximately 25 minutes from Rotorua City. From the city, travel east on SH30. At approximately 5 minutes past the airport, turn right towards Whakatane. Hell's Gate is 3kms down this road. Shuttle service available. Bookings are essential.

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.


  • <p><b style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Infants 0 - 4 years go FREE.</b></p><p><b>Geothermal Walk:</b> Complimentary guided tours run daily, please check the Hells Gate website for latest departure times. Alternatively, a self-guided map is provided.</p><p><b>Duration: </b>Self-guided walk takes approximately 1-1.5 hours; guided tour takes approximately 1.5-2 hours.</p><p><b>Courtesy Coach departures:</b> Hells Gate provides a complimentary shuttle pick-up and drop-off, available from within the Rotorua central area. Bookings are essential. Please see the Hells Gate website for the latest timetable and to contact the tour operator to arrange shuttle if required.</p>
  • <p>If it is raining, bring your own jacket or purchase a disposable rain poncho at Hells Gate. The rain will only add to your experience; the reserve has a noticeable increase in activity and steam during the rain.</p>

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme


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angelab28 from New Zealand wrote on 21 June 2021

Great family experience

The weather wasn't on our side but umbrellas were provided and our guide was able to share a wealth of knowledge that enhanced our appreciation of the history and significance of the area and its ongoing contribution to increasing our scientific understanding of geothermal activity.

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chrissie from New Zealand wrote on 10 April 2021

Really surreal

Loved looking at what nature does quite amazing. Polite and friendly staff

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Greg Jones from New Zealand wrote on 04 January 2021

Mr Jones

Very unique experience, other worldly environment.

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heatherr1 from New Zealand wrote on 17 September 2019


Friendly and informative guide. Very interesting and beautiful walk.

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mark from New Zealand wrote on 15 July 2019

over sold

not that impressed

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