East Coast and the Volcanic Zone Travel Guide

East Coast and the Volcanic Zone Sights

Hells Gate

  • State Hwy. 30 Map It
  • Rotorua
  • Bath/Hot Spring

Published 08/30/2016

Fodor's Review

Located 15 km (9 miles) east of Rotorua, Hells Gate is arguably the most active thermal reserve in the area. Its 50 acres hiss and bubble with steaming fumaroles and boiling mud pools. Among the attractions here is the Kakahi Falls, reputedly the largest hot waterfall in the southern hemisphere, where, according to legend, Māori warriors bathed their wounds after battle. Warm mud pools are available for public bathing; at the Hellsgate Mud Spa, you can soak in a mud bath or try a mirimiri (a traditional Māori massage).

Sight Information


State Hwy. 30, Tikitere, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

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Sight Details:

  • NZ$35, spa and mud treatments NZ$75–NZ$240

Published 08/30/2016


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