Hell’s Gate is New Zealands most active Thermal Park
If you’d like to experience something really unique, and only available in Rotorua, New Zealand then let us guide you on an amazing journey to Hell’s Gate Thermal Park.
New Zealand is a country located on the Ring of Fire, where the earth is in continual turmoil. As you wander past erupting geysers, steaming fumaroles, mud pools and hot steaming thermal springs you will experience this first hand. After wandering through the valley you will get to experience a geothermal silky smooth mud bath, followed by a relaxing spa. The therapeutic properties of the mud and the sulphuric geothermal water are again unique to this region.
Your tour will begin from your ship, where your driver / guide will collect you. He / she will give a commentary throughout the day of all the points of interest. Your tour will begin with a drive over the Tauranga Harbour Bridge, through the streets of Tauranga City before departing to Rotorua. En route you will pass by local farmland & native bush as we pass through the Pyes Pa Canyons. On arrival in Rotorua we will travel up Mt Ngongataha, where you can relax with a tea or coffee and enjoy the 360 degree view of Lake Rotorua. We will continue into the city of Rotorua where you will have the opportunity to visit the Jade factory and learn how the Ponaumu (Jade) is collected, cut and made into jewellery. From here it is just a short drive to the formal Government Gardens, where you can view the historic famous Rotorua Bath House, Museum and Art Centre, the Art Deco Blue Baths and Rachel’s Pool before we drive along the lakefront to your lunch stop destination.
After lunch we will whisk you away to the famous Hell’s Gate Thermal Park where you will be guided around the site which will take approx 45mins. Then you will get the opportunity to experience the traditional mud bath followed by the relaxing sulphur spa.
This is a spa experience which truly refreshes and revitalizes the mind and body. The treatment not only cleanses your skin leaving it clean and soft to touch but also increases blood circulation.
Your drive back to your ship will be relaxing and along a different route. If time permits we will stop at our local Kiwifruit Experience, where you will see, touch & taste our local Kiwifruit products, and experience one of the largest industries within the region. You can even do a little shopping at this point.