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 spring.

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!!