Hell's Gate Mud Bath & Spa

Relax in a sulphur spa overlooking New Zealand's geothermal reserve!

map Rotorua, New Zealand
1 hour
Max Group Size
Max Group Size
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
On Request
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
Authorized Reseller
Authorized Reseller
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What's Included

  • Three mud baths for couples and families
  • Mineral waterfall and cool plunge pool
  • One large freeform sulphur spa and two smaller spas
  • Changing rooms, shower facilities  and disabled facilities
  • Pick-up and drop-off available

What's excluded

  • Swimwear and Towels available to hire on-site for $5 per item (subject to availability)

Why do we love this

Taking a dip in the sulphur springs is a must-do in Rotorua. Their properties are great for relaxation and rejuvenation. 


Hells Gate Geothermal Park & Mud Spa is one of New Zealand’s most famous spa experiences. This geothermal area features unique thermal muds and acidic sulphurous waters relied on by the local Maori people for over 800 years. These spas offer relaxation, healing, and wellbeing for the mind and body.


Spa visitors will start out with a soak in the warm, sulphurous waters. It's encouraged to liberally smooth the natural geothermic mud over your skin for 20 minutes to fully benefit from its healing and skin-clearing properties. After your mud bath, rinse off and restore blood circulation with a cool shower. Then, relax in the hot sulphur mineral spas, which give your skin a gentle exfoliation and deep cleansing, leaving it clean, soft and smooth to touch.

Escape into another world of geothermal wonder, overlooking New Zealand’s amazing scenery from the comfort of a sulphur pool surrounded by native flora. Then, cool off under the mineral-enriched waterfall cascading into the plunge pool to complete your spa experience.

A complementary drop of service is also available from within the Rotorua area. Please advise when booking if you require this. The shuttle route runs daily:

Summertime (1 octobre to 31 mars)

  • Beginning at Tyron St at: 8:50am, 12:50pm, 4:50pm and 6:50pm.
  • Leaving Hells Gate at:12.30pm, 4:30pm, 7.30pm and 9:00pm.

Wintertime (1 avril to 30 septembre)

  • Beginning at Tyron St at: 8:50am, 12:50pm and 3:50pm.
  • Leaving Hells Gate at: 12.30pm, 3:30pm and 6:30pm.

Summer opening hours:

  • Geothermal Park open from 8:30am - 6:30pm (last entrance 5:30pm)
  • Mud Bath Spa open from 8:30am - 10:00pm (last entrance 8:00pm)

Winter opening hours:

  • Geothermal Park open from 8:30am - 5:30pm (last entrance 4:00pm)
  • Mud Bath Spa open from 8:30am - 8:30pm (last entrance 7:00pm)

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The sulphur spa and mud baths are suitable for children over the age of 2 years. The most important requirement is for the child to drink water while bathing to keep hydrated. This is the same requirement for adults. The other issue to be aware of is the need to ensure that the child is comfortable with the heat. Again this is the same requirement for adults.

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If you are having a spa or mud bath experience then you can either bring your own bathing attire and towels or hire them at Hells Gate. We also have swimwear for sale. If you are going to walk the geothermal park then we would suggest comfortable footwear, some sunscreen during summer as well as water as you walk around due to the heat. If it is raining bring out a suitable raincoat or you can purchase a disposable rain cape at Hells Gate for $3.50. Do not be deterred by rain as the geothermal park is at its best when it is raining (as long as it is not too heavy).

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If you are having a mud bath and or spa at the Hellsgate facility then you will be given a plastic container with a lid which you place your clothes and possessions into. The containers are waterproof and you take these with you as you undertake your experience. This ensures that you always have line of sight of your container. 

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Terms & Conditions:

  • If you have had, or are suffering from any medical condition we strongly advise that you speak with your doctor prior to using the geothermal pools.
  • Smoking is prohibited in the spa and its surrounding areas.
  • Guest are not permitted to bring their own food and drink for consumption in the spa facility.
  • Alcohol and glassware is not permitted anywhere on-site. We do not recommend bathing after consuming alcohol.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Once booked, you must give at least 24-hours notice if you are unable to attend at the booked time.
  • Cancellations made before the 24-hour cancellation period will not be charged a penalty fee.
  • If cancelled or a change is made to the booking time after the 24-hour cancellation period then a 50% cancellation fee will be made against the credit card details held to confirm the booking.
  • No-Shows will be charged the full amount of the therapy booked.

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Hells Gate Geothermal Reserve
351 State Highway 30, Owhata, Tikitere 3074, New Zealand


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