Hells Gate and Wai Ora Spa

Hells Gate and Wai Ora Spa

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Melissa S

Ranking: 2/10

Hells Gate pools are under construction so there is only 1 sulphur pool. Usually there are 3. We thought this place is way overpriced. Make sure construction is done if you're going to go!

Reviewed 11 months ago

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Inez Cavallaro

United States

Ranking: 6/10

We got a deal through GrabOne ($45/person instead of $75).

We arrived, checked in & were sent up to where our "spa attendant" would take care of us. She told us our time in the mud baths was limited to 20 minutes, but we could spend as much time as we wanted in the hot springs. That was it. This is important to note.

The mud baths were awesome. It's a bit more like muddy water than the thick mud I was afraid of. The showers on the outside of the building were A+. Fantastic water pressure.

We showered & headed over to the hot springs & my fiance accidentally splashed a little water getting into the hot springs & I could feel mascara mixed with water dripping into my eye. I tried to wipe it away.

Huge mistake. In wiping my mascara off, I got the water from my hands in my eyes. It felt like someone had set my eyes on fire. An older gentleman who worked there saw me & said, "Oh my god, your eyes!"

I got water from the water cooler & washed my eyes out. I got out & went to the outdoor shower & washed off. I jumped into the cold plunge pool & held my face under with my eyes open. All of these suggestions were made by the man working there. I was miserable. Finally I gave up & went to shower again & get some eye drops from the office.

I put a whole tube of eye drops in each eye. Nothing. My eyes are pouring tears & my nose is dripping.

We get to the Redwoods Tree Walk & the girl behind the counter asks what's the matter. I tell her, "We just went to Hell's Gate. It would really be worth the 5 seconds it would take them to tell you, 'Hey, just make sure you don't get the hot springs water in your eyes.'"

"They didn't take you through the health and safety briefing? I used to work there & there was a whole list of safety things we had to go through with you."

"Nope. They just said don't stay in the mud pools more than 20 mins."

"Oh wow. That's bad. Yeah, there's a whole protocol they're supposed to take you through."

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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John Farley

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

A fantastic, free guided walk explained the geographical features and cultural significance of the other worldly, wonderful collection of volcanic curiosities.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Les Hendy

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

This was a very interactive walk through a thermal activity area. Not as tourist orientated as some of the more commercial areas.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Lea Celerier

France

Ranking: 8/10

A beautiful walk around the hot bath (you do not bath in these ones!!!). Up to 140 degrees. And smoke coming out from them everywhere. Guy was an amazing guide - we even saw a waterfall close to and learnt a lot about this phenomonen. To finish: bath.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Frank Fabian

Austria

Ranking: 8/10

We did only the spa, we enjoyed the mud pool and the hot pools very much.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Jane Scott

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Absolutely loved this place. We arrived just as a guide was heading off with some others and we were invited to tack on the end of the tour. Our guide was fantastic. Yes it smells, but people if you have come to Rotorua, shouldn't you expect that!! (It actually wasn't as bad a some people make out.) What did you come here for if not to experience the wonders of this natural habitat. That includes the smell. I learnt so much about this area from this short walk around the park with a guide. I would recommend this place to anyone really interested in how and why this place actually exists. Truly amazing.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Jan Berendsen

Germany

Ranking: 5/10

Stinky as hell! Really nice to see those hot pools for the first time, but the smell was nasty and the entrance price was way too high.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Michelle Smit

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Great thermal area to be able to explore at your own pace. The mud baths and thermal spa is a must-do activity. The mud baths are not quite what we expected, muddy water with mud in a pot available to smear over yourselves, but fun to do all the same. The thermal spa pretty hot. Well run and organised, and friendly staff.
All in all a good day.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Nanna Torp

Denmark

Ranking: 3/10

Too expensive and nothing special.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Chandra Macraigne

France

Ranking: 6/10

You have different packages. Walk to see the sulphur waters and mud spa. Honestly for the price, having a look at the sulphur water is enough.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Karel

Czech Republic

Ranking: 7/10

Expensive. Circle around hot springs interesting with describing what is going on. Personnel nice and smiley.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Dick Kooij

Denmark

Ranking: 7/10

Great to see the volcanic area with mud pools, sulpuhur bath etc.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Goran Backlund

Sweden

Ranking: 7/10

It was interesting.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Huw Davies

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Similar to Nature Connection but self guided. Mud spa worth trying, beneficial to chronic skin conditions. Relaxed atmosphere.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Marc Schmiedily

Germany

Ranking: 3/10

Very expensive and not interesting.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Martin Beuker

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

A lot of thermal activity on a small piece of ground. Friendly staff. Information shee of walk was outdated. We did not use spa facilities.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Mark Bogton

England

Ranking: 5/10

Paid for the walk around - a bit pricey, four year old was bored half way around.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Scott Simpson

Canada

Ranking: 5/10

Stroller friendly, would recommend Wai-o-Tapu over this if funds were limited.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Kimberley Mills

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

First paid activity we did in New Zealand. Never seen anything like it, staff looked after us and we even carved our own wooden plaques. Slightly expensive considering some thermal parks are free.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Luis Valenzuela

England

Ranking: 5/10

Not amazing but especially active thermal park.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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David Blundell

England

Ranking: 7/10

Thermal Springs - very interesting but a little pricey ($63 for two). Expensive.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Richard Harvey

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Good experience - not cheap - well described in leaflets.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Thomas

Germany

Ranking: 5/10

(without spa) Too expensive.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Julian Seizinger

Germany

Ranking: 2/10

Only boring mud pools, that you can see in 'Craters of the Moon' for free.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2011

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Mark de Boer

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Excellent attraction, like walking into another world/universe.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Tina

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

The included tour was fantastic! Very funny as well.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Lucie Rutherfurd

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Expensive but they gave us a concession. Best Mud Bath - have never felt better. My body felt really great for days afterwards.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Natascha Rachel

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Very interesting but would go for a guided tour next time. A bit more information would be fine.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in April 2011

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Steve Neilson

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Good but poor value.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Peter W.

New Zealand

Ranking: 3/10

Unfortunately a very poor expenditure of $105 !!! per person for private mud bath, thermal pool soak and walk around the park. If you book it at Rotorua i-site you get $85 package for $75, but no idea what the extra $30 buys (use their towel and toweling robe, perhaps?) Very disappointed. If memory serves me right the park itself hasn't really changed in 30-years, although the service buildings have been upgraded.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago

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Walker

Australia

Ranking: 5/10

Not very good value for mudbath and entry. Seems very commercialised and overrated.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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A Jones

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Fantastic experience. Amazing thermal park, very friendly staff and guides, the most relaxing spa we have visited. Mud bath highly recommended!

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Lindsey Clough

United Kingdom

Ranking: 2/10

We were really disappointed with this thermal park - the leaflet made it sound fully action but it is tame!! Save you $30 (yes that's right, $30 per person!) and go to Craters of the Moon near Huka Falls for $5.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Jacquimd13

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Started with a walk around the lovely unspoilt thermal area, then had a mud bath, spa and massage which where absolutely wonderful. Very relaxing. Staff extremely helpful and friendly and knowledgable. Would definitely recommend.

Reviewed about 8 years ago

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Chris Ashton

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Worthwhile day out - don't wear good clothes, a lasting smell.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Andreas Rath

Austria

Ranking: 6/10

Nice staff, worth a visit if you have not seen 'volcanic activities before'. Too expensive.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Natalie Maguire

United Kingdom

Ranking: 5/10

A little overpriced. Thermal area was good. The spa was a little too expensive. Only allowed 20 minutes in mud bath. Sulphur pool very small.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Peter & Angela Brown

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Very good - lovely staff. Good value. Fascinating insight into volcanic activity.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Diete Rokosch

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

OK, a little bit expensive.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Brian

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Maori owned thermal springs - uncrowded uncommercialised, go and see it as it is.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Ronald Lippett

England

Ranking: 8/10

An amazing spectacle watching the forces of nature at work.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Florian

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Unguided walk through mud pools and little hot pools, was interesting, but a little bit expensive.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Lili

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Fascinating landscape.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Michael Eck

Switzerland

Ranking: 8/10

Good alternative to downtown Rotorua thermal areas which are quite expensive.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Ines

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

It was not too interesting but they do their best.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Marianne Astorp

Denmark

Ranking: 8/10

We only try the spa because of less time, our silver was discoloured by the water, it was told on the wall but we did not see it:(

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Eva Stauderova

Czech Republic

Ranking: 6/10

Expensive price.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Ann Thompson

England

Ranking: 9/10

Come free as a deal with Tamaki evening. Very very quiet, so a good walking route (guide lacked any indepth knowledge), with information boards. Free foot mud bath and woodcarving. Can pay for a full mud bath - I did not think worth it and time limited if on their bus.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Luise Jaeger

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Impressive landscape. Unique! Friendly staff, shuttle to and from Rotorua, relaxing mud and sulphur bath, free wood carving.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Henrik Petersen

Denmark

Ranking: 7/10

OK. Missed a little more information on the self guided walk.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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willsworthy

United Kingdom

Ranking: 5/10

We only went for the Hells Gate as we did not want to try the mud spa. We thought the whole place looked very tired and run down and in need to new signage. The wooden barriers around certain areas were rotting and unsafe. We leant on one piece to take a picture and the wood gave way, luckily we recovered our balance quickly and no harm was done.
There was very little choice of food in the small cafe, but the food we did have was of good quality, however the cafe closed at 2.30pm and the place was open until 8pm!
The thermal areas were interesting but the price was very high.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago

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Alan & Lorna

United Kingdom

Ranking: 3/10

Advised to do as well as Wai-O-Tapu but was expensive and not worth it - mud pools covered by Wai-O-Tapu.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in March 2010

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BigSis

Singapore

Ranking: 7/10

I gave it a 7 because the walk and thermal sites are impressive but I wasn't impressed with the price - $75 for a family of 4 was too expensive I thought but we paid because we'd gone all the way up there and everyone wanted to go in and have a look around.

The weather became really bad when we were half way around and there was one shelter throughout the whole walk - they can't help the weather but it'd be nice if they're reading this if they put up a few more shelters - it's very exposed once you leave the gift shop and cafe area.

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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craigy

Australia

Ranking: 5/10

We went for the combo - @ ND$230 for the 2 of us. We felt that the area was not well maintained - I understand that the sulphur deteriates things quickly but with what we paid, I expected better maintainence.
The signage was poor (I have pretty good eyesight but had dificulty reading a lot of the signs).
Opting for the Private mud bath was OK but a freezing cold shower - come on guys - it was WINTER! even lukewarm would have been acceptable.
Staff were nice though :)

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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Sally Walker

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

This place is amazing and worth every penny.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in November 2007

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Bo Moenstead

Denmark

Ranking: 8/10

A very strange place to visit - actually horrible and ugly but nevertheless fascinating.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in January 2010

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Michael Egli

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

Big park.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Wolfgang G

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Wonderful and impressive

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in January 2010

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Andy

United Kingdom

Ranking: 6/10

Interesting and the mud baths are definitely worth a dip.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Russ Turner

United Kingdom

Ranking: 2/10

Pricy and overrated. Badly maintained (signs and pathway). Other thermal areas, such as Orakei Korako are better value and have much more interest.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Von

Netherlands

Ranking: 5/10

The mud pool was nice but I expetced more for that price....
Didn't like the coldwater shower..
We did the combo so it was lovely that we could entree the parc for an extra 10 dollars. It was a nice day, don't get me wrong, just only a bit to expensive.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Andrew Wilson

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Exactly what was described -weather unavoidable but still a good experience.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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Mathias Skov

Denmark

Ranking: 4/10

Very expensive compared to what you get.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Roger Trusedale

United States

Ranking: 5/10

Ok, maybe it was the time of year without a lot of rain, features were sort of dry.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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David Rich

United Kingdom

Ranking: 6/10

Interesting thermal area, but felt in was VERY EXPENSIVE. Overall there is a wide choice of thermal/volcanic opportunities including some free @ Rotorua + the commercial options are pushed more

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Mike Kirchner

Germany

Ranking: 2/10

Too expensive for what you get. Boring always the same.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Nikki Wood

United Kingdom

Ranking: 6/10

Mud and suphur baths. REally different to anything we had experinced. Although very memorable, the explanations of what the baths do healthwise or the detail of geological theremal information cold have been more indepth.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Helen Pet

England

Ranking: 9/10

First main attraction visited, Very impressive as not seen ''thermal'' stuff before.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Camenzind

Switzerland

Ranking: 7/10

High entrance fee for nice views, but little attractions.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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cees juffermans

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Amazing. We have never seen such a natural event before.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Ash Sturm

New Zealand

Ranking: 6/10

The walk is great and the hot springs very interesting.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in November 2006

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Angela Stringer

Australia

Ranking: 4/10

Not what we expected of a spa. The geothermal walk was a must for the area, but the atmosphere at the mud & sulphur spa left a lot to be desired! For the price we expected a more relaxed atmosphere & a warmer shower not being hosed down with freezing water... how do u relax with that! We wouldn't recommend your venue as a spa.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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aages

Denmark

Ranking: 9/10

All in all an interesting walk and lovely spa - plus very helpful and friendly staff!

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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Emma Coltman

United Kingdom

Ranking: 5/10

Fun to relax in a mud pool but extremely overpriced in my opinion for facilities available.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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nancyburns

United States

Ranking: 7/10

We enjoyed our walk about the geothermal area, beautiful in its own right, and the mud spa was definitely an experience. It was something we had never done, and it was interesting. It made our skin very soft. Only don't get it in your eyes! My daughter got alittle in her eye and it bothered her for the rest of the day. Fun! and relaxing esp the sulfer bath afterwards.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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Arjan Muis

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Natural beauty is good however the layout and presentation old fashioned and basic. The same counts for the mud bath and spa. Room for improvement, these people have to invest. Does yet not fully meet expectation.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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FiensG

Belgium

Ranking: 8/10

Tourist brochure in dutch! People are very kind.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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Joel

France

Ranking: 7/10

Quite interesting but too expensive.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in March 2009

Hells Gate and Wai Ora Spa responds:

Thank you Joel for your feed back about Hells Gate. It is always welcome and we are glad that you found our geothermal park interesting.

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rita

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Interesting place but quite expensive for what it is.

Reviewed about 10 years ago

Hells Gate and Wai Ora Spa responds:

Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate you taking the time to review our small park and wish you the best for your trip through Aotearoa!

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Boxa Smith

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

What a great way to end the day than to sit in a smelly pool of MUD. Gotta do it if you go to Rotorua! Totally Rad!

Reviewed about 10 years ago

Hells Gate and Wai Ora Spa responds:

Thank you Boxa for visiting us at Hells Gate. The whanau always love hosting kiwis and really appreciate you taking the time to add your thought to rankers to. TUMEKE!!

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Jess Thompson

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

It was a cold and wet day when we visited Rotorua so my friends and I decided to find a hot spa somewhere. We came across Hells Gate & Wai Ora Spa! Brilliant! Had traditional Maori massage and was forced to get in a Mud Bath!!! Thought that I would hate it but it was awesome! Staff was cool and down to earth. Highly recommended A+++

Reviewed about 10 years ago

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MichaelS1

Isle of Man

Ranking: 3/10

Did not live up to publicity. Really quite lame. Not good value for money.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in March 2009

Hells Gate and Wai Ora Spa responds:

We apologize that your experience was not what you expected.Please feel free to email us your thoughts so we can make appropriate changes and ensure these disapointments don't continue.

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ClodaghM

Ireland

Ranking: 8/10

Great fun but cold showers at the end were not welcomed!

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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AndrewF78

United Kingdom

Ranking: 6/10

Mud baths were fun, and the boiling mud was very strange. I would save my money for a more active day out.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in February 2009

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JuliaG1

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Very helpful and friendly staff. Dissapointed with mud bath expected there to be more mud, and more authentic. Quite expensive.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in February 2009

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Sofie

Sweden

Ranking: 8/10

We went for a mud bath and walk. It was very interesting and smelly. The mud bath was actually nice, plus the weather was bad which made it nicer. Also had a bath in a sulpher pool which was very hot.

Just make sure you don't put on your jewellery for at least 2 days afterwards, because they will stain. If that happens you could just polish them and it will be ok, but still.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in April 2009

Hells Gate and Wai Ora Spa responds:

thank you Sofie for visiting. The sulphur wash abosrbed in to your system so it come out slowly over a few days. We do warn people not to wear jewellery afterwards, I will remind staff to make sure this is a must. Thank you again for visiting.

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LowerD

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Our first look at thermal activity. So it was amazing. Small site and not particulary developed.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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DavidMurray

Ireland

Ranking: 7/10

Good experience, poor value for money ($85 dollars)

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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BethanD

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Helpful staff + very interesting. Good map. Mud baths were relaxing.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in February 2009

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ClaudiaK

Germany

Ranking: 1/10

The mud bath is so watery that its not a mud bath.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in February 2009

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Stephanie

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Really interesting mud pools, fun and relaxing mud pool and spa.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in December 2008

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Marion

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Arrived just in time for a free guided tour taken by the manager whose enthusiasm was very catching & made for an amazingly interesting & informative experience.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Kim

Netherlands

Ranking: 6/10

Pretty expensive but very nice park to see. Fun at the end to make your own souvenir.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Robert

Germany

Ranking: 4/10

Far too expensive. You see the same by walking through the town park in Rotorua.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Chris

England

Ranking: 8/10

Well presented sights & smells!

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Sarah

England

Ranking: 8/10

Rather cheap for what you get - a tour plus time in the relaxing mud baths. Worth a visit.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Carmel

Australia

Ranking: 7/10

Could do an intro session at start or mp3 audio guide.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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marcusr

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

$30 is to much for a one hour walk.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Miguel

Spain

Ranking: 3/10

Not worth spending $30 to visit nor $75 for the spa.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Ko

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Good information in (Dutch) guidemap - worthwhile.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Nienhaus

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Nice to get an impression of the Maori culture.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Kern

Switzerland

Ranking: 3/10

Volcanic area walk.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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Miha

Slovenia

Ranking: 10/10

Definitely worth seeing. At the end we made maori carvings on piece of wood.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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Jacinta

Australia

Ranking: 3/10

Interesting area but extremely overpriced. $25pp is way too much. $10pp would be more appropriate.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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Lara

England

Ranking: 7/10

Very interesting walk with info, but very pricey for just a walk!

Reviewed about 11 years ago

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Katie

England

Ranking: 7/10

Interesting experience sitting in the mud.

Reviewed about 11 years ago

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Daniela Bell

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Bliss! - You get treated so well and the massages are really relaxing.

Reviewed about 11 years ago

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Jenny

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

The nature reserve was fantastic. I felt like we were on another planet. The mud bath was fun but it should have been more of a 'spa' experience for what we paid.

Reviewed about 11 years ago

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maria d

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

my skin has never been so soft! yep, it smells but you get used to it! the walk is great and the mud is fun. the spa pool is nice in the end.(kaitiaki rafting base is right next door! the best thing after going rafting!) awesome day!

Reviewed about 11 years ago

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fgregory

United States

Ranking: 3/10

A little disappointing! I'm glad we saved this visit for the last day of our NZ trip. The thermal area was okay, except for the questionable "natural" mud volcano. The mud bath and soak was not what we expected, and our spa host was down right rude. I have to agree with other posts; it was too much money for what you get. There are better places to spend your time in Rotorua.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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woodolly

Australia

Ranking: 3/10

Very disapointing for the price you pay. None of the activities (like wood carving) were avalible when we got there.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Christian

Germany

Ranking: 6/10

Too much money for what it is.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Alexandra Vogeli

Switzerland

Ranking: 8/10

Stinky! Interesting, and good that they drive you to the place. Got Hells Gate free with the Tamaki tour.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Richard Steward

England

Ranking: 9/10

The mud bath and massage was ecstasy.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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boukje

Ranking: 8/10

cool, but smelly. Loved the woodcarving on the end.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Stephanie

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Mud baths were awesome.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Melissa Steedman

Australia

Ranking: 7/10

It was interesting, but it stank.

Reviewed almost 12 years ago

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Vanessa Brennan

Australia

Ranking: 5/10

Wouldn't necessarily do it again.

Reviewed almost 12 years ago

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Manuel

Germany

Ranking: 5/10

Special offer with rafting so got it for $10. Would not pay $25 to visit it. You can see something similar when walking past the Rotorua camp ground

Reviewed almost 12 years ago

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Tom Clements

England

Ranking: 6/10

OK. Not as good as Wai o Tapu Thermal Wonderland

Reviewed almost 12 years ago

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Bridgy

Ireland

Ranking: 10/10

Mud bath / massage.

Reviewed about 12 years ago and experienced in May 2007

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Susanne

Germany

Ranking: 5/10

Not so nice, $25pp is too much, because 30km outside of Rotorua is the nicest Geyser park...

Reviewed about 12 years ago and experienced in February 2007

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Lucy

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Worth the money. Did the mud bath.

Reviewed about 12 years ago and experienced in February 2007