Hells Gate & Wai Ora Spa

Hells Gate & Wai Ora Spa information

Location
Rotorua & the Bay of Plenty , New Zealand
Address
SH30
Tikitere
Telephone
+64 7 345 3151
More information
www.hellsgate.co.nz
Prices
admission adult/child/family $35/17.50/85, mud bath & spa $75/35/185, massage per 30/60min $85/130
Opening hours
8.30am-8.30pm
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Known as Tikitere to the Maori, Hells Gate is an impressive geothermal reserve 16km northeast of Rotorua on the Whakatane road (SH30). Tikitere is an abbreviation of Taku tiki i tere nei (My youngest daughter has floated away), remembering the tragedy of a young girl jumping into a thermal pool. The English name originates from a 1934 visit by George Bernard Shaw. The reserve covers 10 hectares, with a 2.5km walking track to the various attractions, including a hot thermal waterfall. You can also see a master woodcarver at work, and learn about flax weaving and other Maori traditions.

Long regarded by Maori as a place of healing, Tikitere also houses the Wai Ora Spa, where you can get muddy with a variety of treatments. A courtesy shuttle to/from Rotorua is available.