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Hell's Gate Geothermal Park & Mud Spa

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Hell’s Gate is Rotorua’s most active geothermal reserve and New Zealand’s only mud spa complex. Enjoy this thermal wonderland with an interactive guided or self-guided tour before indulging in the geothermal mud and sulphur waters, experiencing the healing properties local Māori have been using for centuries. It’s a Rotorua experience you’ll never forget.

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 - Experience our geothermal mud baths and sulphur spas by night.  

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 provides a complimentary shuttle pick-up and drop-off, available from within the Rotorua central area. Bookings are essential.

Operating hours and days may vary. Please see the Hell’s Gate website for the latest information and to check last entrance times. 

How to find us?
Price range

$20 - $240 NZD


351 State Highway 30, Tikitere, Rotorua