Set in 50 acres of rumbling and steaming geothermal activity, as soon as you set foot in the amazing landscape you will understand why George Bernard Shaw looked in awe and gave the area it’s famous name “Hells Gate”.
This park has 2.5km of trails including a bush walk. You can stroll around on your own or join the guided tour.
There is a hot water waterfall, mud volcano, steaming pools and fumeroles, land coral and sulphur crystals and deposits.
Follow the footsteps of WARRIORS of old through the swirling clouds of steam and see the special mud pools and sulphurous waters that have been guarded for centuries by Kaitiaki, ‘Wai Ora’ (guardian warrior) after whom the spa is named.
The unique geothermal muds and waters of Rotorua are renown for their curative and invigorating properties—and this is particularly so at “Hells Gate”. For more than 700 years, Rotorua Maori (Ngati Rangiteaorere tribe) have lived on this special site, treasured by Maori as a place of healing and revitalisation. The first Euopeans visited Hells Gate, Tikitere more than 150 years ago.
The Hells Gate Geothermal Mud Bath & Spa contains 3 semi-private geothermal mud baths (one family mud bath, and two 3 people mud baths), and two sulphurous spa’s overlooking the Hells Gate geothermal reserve. This area is more public and open, however many people choose to bathe on this side due to the amazing view of geothermal activity that can be seen while bathing, In addition to the small geothermal mud baths are two large geothermal mud baths which can easily cater for 12 or more people each – called “Poutamu” – the stairway to heaven”
Also included on this tour is Kiwi 360, where you get to taste kiwifruit wine and nectar, learn about this amazing fruit and shop for souvenirs.
Pick-up and Drop-off is Tauranga: if on a cruise ship then at the port gates, elsewhere by arrangement. This tour is approximately 4 hrs, and all costs are included except lunch.
Prices include: Entry to the park, Mud bath and Sulphur Spa.
Child (5-15yrs) $145.00 NZD
Group Booking only: Minimum for the Limousine is 5, maximum 8
Group Booking only: Minimum for the Luxury van is 8, maximum 11