Admission to Hells Gate Geothermal Reserve
Tauranga, New Zealand
- Kakahi Falls: See the tallest hot waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere, with water temperatures that reach a shower-like 104 F degrees. The falls are named after a legendary warrior and are special to the Maori for their healing powers.
- Mud volcano: Watch this geothermal creation, unusually large at nearly 50 feet in height, as it regularly discharges mud "bombs" and mud landslides.
- The Inferno: Experience an area with five separate pools ranging in temperature from hot to hotter (160 – 212 F degrees). It's said that Ruamoko, the god of volcanic activity, watches over the area and curses those who disrespect it.
About This Tauranga Tour
Devil's Bath, Devil's Throat, Devil's Cauldron. These are the names of some of the hot pools you'll encounter on your walk around Hells Gate. It's a steamy, barren land with bubbling mud and sulfur lakes. But it's not quite hell on earth, because there's a definite calm and beauty to it.
In fact, Hells Gate is good for your health. The non-scalding sulfur pools have been used by the Maori for healing purposes since they first settled there. About 250 years ago, the high priest Te Unahu and his followers bathed in these waters every day, believing they enhanced the power to see the future.
Maori warriors bathed in Kakahi Falls after battles to wash off blood and heal wounds. The medicine men would bring newborn babies to the falls, where they were dedicated to the god of war in a ceremony similar to a Christian baptism.
Even today, the waters of the Huritini hot springs are used in the sulfur spas at Hells Gate. And as part of your walk you can stick your feet in the Hells Gate Mud Foot Pool. It feels devilishly good.
Hell of a place
The name Hells Gate came from playwright George Bernard Shaw when he visited the place called Tikitere by the Maori in 1934. Shaw was a well-known atheist, often told he was going to hell by theologian friends. When Shaw saw Tikitere, he supposedly said that if there was a hell, this would be the gateway to it. The Maori were so taken by him that they allowed Hells Gate to be the official English name, although they neglected the apostrophe that good English would seemingly require. It's also said that after a week at Hells Gate, Shaw began to rethink his atheist ways.
Please make your way to State Highway 30, Rotorua to begin your adventure.
This tour offers independent exploration, giving you maximum flexibility to GoBe whatever and wherever you like and for the amount of time you wish to spend.
The amount of walking is at the traveler's discretion while visiting the attraction. Varying surfaces will be encountered during your tour.
Cultural, Tickets, Walking Tour
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Non-refundable if canceled within 24 hours of requested services.
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