Wai Ora Mud Bath & Spa

Have a soak in New Zealand's most historic sulphurous springs

map Rotorua, New Zealand
90 minutes
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
On Request
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
Best Seller
Best Seller
Authorized Reseller
Authorized Reseller
FromNZD $105
Not available
instant confirmationInstant confirmation

What's Included

  • Two couples private mud baths and one private family mud bath
  • Two freeform sulphur spas
  • Complimentary towel and robe use
  • Private lounge area
  • Changing rooms and shower facilities
  • Return shuttle transport available 

Why do we love this

We love the tranquillity that private baths and therapy rooms allow for.


Hells Gate Geothermal Park & Mud Spa is a must-visit destination in New Zealand. 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 of their own private bath. It's encouraged to liberally smooth the natural geothermic mud over your skin for 20 minutes to fully benefit from its healing properties. The mud bath is followed by a cool shower which helps restore blood circulation before relaxing in the hot sulphur mineral spas. The warm geothermal mud opens and cleans the skin’s pores, while the sulphur spas give your skin a gentle exfoliation and deep cleansing, leaving your skin clean, soft and smooth to touch.

Summertime (1st October to 31st March)

  • 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 (1st April to 30th September)

  • 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)

Expand allHide all

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.


If you are having a spa or mud bath experience then you can either bring your own bathing attire or hire it 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).


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 into 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. If you are having a spa experience at the New Zealand Spa facility you will be given a locker to securely store your possessions and issued with a key with a lanyard to keep with you at all time.

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.

Read full supplier's terms & conditions

Location map

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


FromNZD $105
Not available
instant confirmationInstant confirmation
Why book with us?
  • no booking feesNo booking fees
  • secure payment100% secure payments
  • no membershipNo membership required
  • best activitiesBest selected activities