New Zealand

Hells Gate Geothermal Park & Mud Sp


Hells Gate geothermal attraction is Rotorua's most active geothermal park and is known as the "awesome beast" of New Zealand Geothermal attractions. Hells Gate features boiling hot pools, erupting waters; steaming fumaroles; hot water lakes; sulphur crystals and New Zealand's largest active mud volcano; .

Hells Gate mud experience

See, touch and be amazed with the unique geothermal muds of the Hells Gate geothermal park - the black geothermal mud used for more than a century in the treatment of arthritics and rheumatism,  ice cold white geothermal mud that changes its form from solid to liquid and back again, used for the relief of burns; and the warm silky grey geothermal mud that gently exfoliates the skin.

Additional properties of “Hells Gate” geothermal muds include:

  • Very strong affinity to moisture in the skin making it an excellent product for promoting regenerating skin cells.
  • Detoxifying and purifying action of the mud on the skin when drying.
  • Highly active clay surfaces of the mud that easily absorbs excess oils and fatty secretions from within the skin’s pores.
  • Bactericidal properties of the geothermal mud through it’s sulphur content which kill bacteria and assists in the prevention and elimination of acne.


  • Shuttle bus runs daily from Tyron St and various hotel stops at: 8.50am, 12.50pm and 4.50pm (3.50pm during winter)
  • Leaving Hells Gate at: 12.30pm, 4.30pm and 7.30pm (6.30pm during winter)
  • The shuttle is free except for those purchasing a Hells Gate Geothermal Walk only, in which case a minimal charge of $10 applies

Opening hours

  • Hours  8.30 am to 8.30 pm daily.
  • Open every day except for Christmas Day.

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