Guided tour

Rotorua: Hell's Gate Geothermal Walk

Rotorua: Hell's Gate Geothermal Walk

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Enter a world of bubbling mud and powerful geysers at Hells Gate, Rotorua’s most active geothermal park. Enjoy a self-guided walk to marvel at unique geothermal wonders and interactive opportunities.

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  • Discover Rotorua’s most active geothermal park
  • Marvel at unique geothermal wonders and walk through the heart of a geothermic field
  • Join a morning or afternoon guided tour with an experienced local guide
Full description
Discover the Hells Gate/Tikitere Geothermal Reserve, one of the most active in New Zealand.  Enjoy a self-guided walk of the spectacular reserve, located approximately 15-minutes drive from central Rotorua. Hells Gate boasts New Zealand's largest active mud volcano, the Southern Hemisphere's largest hot water falls, and even examples of land coral. See boiling hot pools and erupting waters with temperatures in excess of 100 degrees Celsius. Discover steaming fumaroles, hot water lakes, sulphur crystals and deposits. Learn about Hells Gate’s extensive history independently or join an interactive guided tour, available daily at 10:30 AM or 2:30 PM. A complimentary shuttle service picks up from central Rotorua three to four times a day (seasonally) with scheduled drop offs.
  • Entry ticket
  • Self-guided map
  • Guided tour at either 10:30 AM or 2:30 PM
  • Complimentary shuttle from central Rotorua (select when booking)
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments

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    Meeting point

    Hell’s Gate is located just outside of Rotorua’s city center. From the city, simply travel east on SH30. Approximately 5-minutes past the airport, turn right towards Whakatane. Hell’s Gate is 3 km down this road.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Sunglasses
    • Water

    Not allowed

    • Smoking
    • Drones

    Know before you go

    • Complimentary shuttle must be pre-booked and is subject to availability
    • Please confirm your shuttle pick-up time and location with the local operator after booking, note that your hotel pick-up may be earlier than the time shown when booking
    • Open daily except Christmas Day, opening hours vary seasonally
    • Allow 1-hour for self-guided walk or 1.5-hours for guided tour
    • The Park is an all-weather activity, wet weather can make the geothermal park activity more noticeable
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.5 /5

    based on 23 reviews

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    Fantastic and educational experience. Recommended to follow the guided tour as the guides tend to give more information and even some personal stories, which makes it more interesting compared to just reading the signs. However, it would be better if the guide could wait for everyone to assemble before telling us the information.

    December 5, 2019

    January 1, 2022

    July 25, 2021

    Product ID: 133665