Hell's Gate Geothermal Park & Mud Spa

Māori Culture / Central

Hell’s Gate is Rotorua’s most active geothermal park and New Zealand’s only Mud Spa complex. Enjoy this thermal wonder land with our interactive guided or self-guided tour before relaxing in the geothermal muds and sulphur waters.

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. Take a Twilight Spa and bathe under the stars until 10pm.

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 is also New Zealand’s most active geothermal attraction and features the largest mud volcano in the country as well as the largest hot waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere. Take a guided 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.

Hell's Gate is open daily from 8.30am, and is approximately a 15-minute drive from central Rotorua. A Hell's Gate shuttle is available for pick-ups and drop-offs to most Rotorua accommodation providers.

How to find us?
Price range

$20 - $240 NZD


351 State Highway 30, Tikitere, Rotorua