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Address: State Highway 30 | Tikitere, Tikitere, New Zealand
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+64 7-345 3151
08:30 - 22:00
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New Zealand's only geothermal mud bath complex where visitors can immerse...

New Zealand's only geothermal mud bath complex where visitors can immerse themselves in the silky smooth warm geothermal mud and sulphurous waters of the Hells gate thermal reserve that have been used by the Maori for more than 700 years for healing and wellbeing. A unique iconic New Zealand visitor experience. The Wai Ora Spa also features the unique 'New Zealand Cultural Spa Experience' with traditional Maori massage, facials and body treatments

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Mud bath time

Well its time to get down and muddy, well for the ladies maybe they have had the odd mud pack but this takes it that little further. The day we went it was raining and cool but... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Brisbane, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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18 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Well its time to get down and muddy, well for the ladies maybe they have had the odd mud pack but this takes it that little further. The day we went it was raining and cool but the experience was good, the mud did smell but thats all part of the experience. The mineral pool was hot ,but its a... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Over priced attraction, we even have to pay for towel rent.... No wonder there were just a few people visit this place when we were there.

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St Helens, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Hells Gate thermal hot springs are located just outside the greater Rotorua area. There are several bubbling areas, some filled with hot water, others filled with mud. The smell of hot sulphur pervades the reserve.

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Rocky Mountain House, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We tried the combination Mud Bath and Sulphur Pool. Well constructed and laid out facility. The staff are friendly, knowledgeable and work to make sure that you have a safe and enjoyable visit. Showers are provided and you can rent swim suits and towels if needed. Some Spa options require advance bookings.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So we did this as a bit of a last minute thing one evening to wind down. The mud pools were great fun and we coated ourselves fully in the gloopy mud. However we couldn't get out and allow this to dry as it was raining and so just washing off pretty fast! There was also quite a bit of... More 

Thank Emma A
Greater London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well worth a visit and not overly expensive. Very good knowledgable passionate guide was not rushed at all

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The website for Hells Gate made me feel like I was paying for excellent service however I don't think thats what we received. We really enjoyed the learning about the the area and the geothermal information but our tour guide was very unprofessional and let down the whole experience for us. The content that we received from the guide was... More 

Thank Emma W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a very man made tourist area, more than I expected. I hadn't found anywhere else we could get our muddy fun pictures so thought it was a good option. It was pretty pricey and there isn't much to do except soak in the pools, and the mud one is limited to 20minutes. It was some of the best... More 

Thank Sarah M
Darwin, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went in with the family not exactly knowing what was in store - but definitely worth the effort and time! it was a very relaxing spa. Yes the actual spa and mud bath are not natural - and i this was what i was hesitant about - i would not have entered it if it were. You can see them... More 

Thank Kevin E
Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Its was a lot more man made than I had expected. The mud pools were a bit of fun once you moved passed the point that they were a muddy pool. The hot water showers between the mud and sulphur were lovely, especially because we were there late in the day and it was cold. The sulphur pools were nice... More 

Thank Brian R

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