Hells Gate Geothermal Park Walk

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  • Experience the largest hot water fall in Southern Hemisphere
  • Enjoy the most active geothermal park in New Zealand
  • Experience the only mud volcano in NZ and many pools with temperatures in excess of 11 degrees

Hell's Gate Geothermal Reserve is set in 20 hectares with a large variety of geothermal features. Marvel as you walk past steaming fumeroles and pools of mud at boiling temperatures of over 100 degrees. The walk takes approximately an hour and is also brilliant in any weather, even rain.

What's Included?

  • Guided tour of the park
  • Use the Hells Gate Mud Foot Pool
  • Try your hand at Maori carving at our Interactive Carving House

Hell's Gate geothermal attraction is Rotorua's most active geothermal park and is known as the 'awesome beast' of New Zealand geothermal attractions. This is only geothermal park that has been owned, used and cared for by local Maori for more than 800 years. Hells Gate geothermal attraction features boiling hot pools and erupting waters with temperatures in excess of 100 degrees celsius, steaming fumaroles, hot water lakes, as well as sulphur crystals and deposits. The park lays claim to New Zealand's largest active mud volcano, as well as Southern Hemisphere's largest hot water fall, and even examples of land coral. See, feel and understand the awe of Irish Playwright, George Bernard Shaw as he gazed upon the land and gave it the English name "Hellsgate" as he believed he had arrived at the gates to Hell. Experience the primeval display of the awesome raw power of the earth and its geothermal nature.

Session Length

  • Allow 1 hour for self guided walk or 1.5 hours for guided tour
  • Open daily except Christmas Day
  • Geothermal Park open from 8:30 - 5:30 (7:30 in summer)
  • Daily Guided Tour available 9:30am and 1:30pm


Comfortable shoes suggested


Minimum of 24 hours notice is required


Poncho available at reception in case of rain.

This experience is located 20 minutes from Rotorua CBD.