Hells Gate Rotorua: Geothermal Reserve Park Entry
Experience the BEAST of all geothermal parks - Walk through swirling clouds of steam and see violent geothermal activity. No need to heed the warning signs - you'll want to stick to the path as you walk past steaming fumaroles, pools of boiling Mud & ...
GEOTHERMAL - FEEL THE EARTH'S RAW POWER
ROTORUA’s MOST ACTIVE THERMAL PARK New Zealand, as a country is located on the “Ring of Fire” where the earth is always in a state of upheaval. This is no more evident than in Rotorua on New Zealand's volcanic plateau where geothermal activity is pronounced including erupting geysers, steaming fumaroles, mud pools and hot geothermal springs. THE BEAST Hells Gate Geothermal Park is set in 50 acres with a large variety of thermal features. Walk past steaming fumeroles and hot pools of boiling MUD so violent they are unnerving. Follow the footsteps of ancient Maori Warriors through the swirling clouds of steam, past the hot pool where the Maori Princess “Hurutini” lost her life, see the violent geothermal activity of the Inferno and the Kakahi Falls, the largest hot waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere. Here, warriors would bathe in the sulphurous waters to heal their wounds after battle and remove the “tapu” (sacredness) of war. FEEL THE EARTH’S RAW POWER Hells Gate Tikitere is a unique place of extreme contrasts. You will see remarkable formations and colours, cascading hot water and unearthly vistas, even examples of “land coral”.
No need to heed the warning signs, you will want to hug the path!!
The Hells Gate Geothermal Walk takes approximatly 1 hour to walk.
Guided tours run twice daily at 9.30 am and 1.30 pm. Guided tours take approcimatly 1.5 hours.
Open 364 days a year, closed Christmas Day. Open 8.30am. Walk entry closes 1 hour before sunset - please phone for seasonal times. SHUTTLE SERVICE available from central Rotorua. Bookings are Essential, Please phone +64 7 345 3151 to confirm shuttle pick up.
Park Entry also includes access to the Hell Gate Mud Foot Pool and Interactive Center. Try your hand at Maori carving creating your own souvenir to take home with you (before PM only).