Hells Gate is the only place in New Zealand where you can soak and relax in an outdoor Mud Bath, used for generations by Maori 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 plunge pool. Take a Twilight Spa and bathe under the stars until 10pm.

The Hells 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

Hells Gate is also New Zealand’s most active geothermal attraction and features the biggest 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.

Hells Gate is open every day from 8.30am, and is situated on State Highway 30, approximately 15-minutes drive from Rotorua central. A Hells Gate Shuttle is available for pick-ups and drop-offs to most Rotorua accommodation.