Hell's Gate Geothermal Park & Mud Spa

Geothermal Wonders / East

Hell’s Gate is Rotorua’s most active geothermal reserve and New Zealand’s only mud spa complex.

Hell's Gate is the only place in New Zealand where you can soak and relax in an outdoor mud bath, used for generations by Māori to ease joint and muscle pain. Get down and dirty in a mud bath or unwind in a sulphur spa overlooking a spectacular geothermal landscape, before cooling off in a beautiful spring-fed waterfall and cold plunge pool. As the temperature begins to drop, Hell's Gate is offering the ultimate winter indulgence.  

The Hell's Gate reserve features three types of therapeutic thermal mud:

  • Black Mud – used in the treatment of arthritis and rheumatism
  • White Mud – used for the relief of burns
  • Grey Mud – used to gently exfoliate the skin

Hell's Gate also features the largest mud volcano in the country as well as the largest hot waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere. Before your spa experience, take a guided or unguided tour around 50 acres of erupting waters, coloured pools, hot water lakes, bubbling mud, steaming cliffs, sulphur crystals and land coral. You can also enjoy a native bush walk around the thermal park.

Bookings are recommended.


Hell's Gate is a proud member of the Rotorua Sustainable Charter.

Rotorua Sustainable Charter Member
How to find us?

351 State Highway 30, Tikitere, Rotorua