Book OnlineThe hangi or Earth Oven is one of the best known traditional forms of cooking for Maori and usually consists of heated rocks and cooking underground. At Hells Gate however, the abundance of raw geothermal heat and steam has changed the way these traditional techniques are utilised. In the reserve the geothermal pools have aided in everyday living from bathing to dying clothes, healing and cooking for hundreds of years. Today at Hells Gate we harness the power of the geothermal energy into steam pots for cooking a unique and flavourful steamed hangi.The hangi lunch or dinner consists of chicken and lamb with potato, kumara, pumpkin, sweetcorn and stuffing. The desert includes a geothermal steamed pudding with custard, fruit salad and cream.Steamed hangi lunch or dinner is available for prebooking when planning your experience at Hells Gate. Minimum 4 people, bookings are required 48 hours in advance.
You look at the hot pools in this area and throughout the thermal park the pools are physically very close to each other but have different temperatures and colours. Lydia Doe