Tikitere - Hell's Gate
For over 700 years Tikitere, or Hell's Gate, has been a sacred place to the Ngati Rangiteaorere tribe, and today is the
only thermal park still owned by Maori. A treasured site of healing and revitalisation, Tikitere is named for a tragic Maori
princess who threw herself into the boiling hot pool that bears her name today. Upon finding her daughter, the young wife
of an abusive and shameful chief, her mother lamented, 'Aue teri nei tiki' - here lies my precious one Tikitere.
Hell's Gate is Rotorua’s most active geothermal park, set on 50 acres of steaming hot springs, boiling and bubbling mud
pools, spurting geysers and the miraculous scorching waterfall, Kakahi, the largest hot waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere.
Hell's Gate is also home to New Zealand’s largest mud volcano and largest hot whirlpool.
The Wonders At Tikitere
The Black Pool - a pond of water with a consistent temperature of about 93 degrees Celsius which cooks vegetables to
perfection. Despite the black water and the sulphuric aroma, any food cooked in these velvety waters is untainted and
Land Coral - the closest thing to sea corals on land these corals live and grow. Actually they are thermophyllic
bacteria, bacteria that thrive on heat. These remarkable growths only exist in three areas at Hells Gate, as temperature and
nutrient balance need to be just right for them to grow.
The Wai Ora and Hells Gate Spas - the perfect places to unwind and experience the unique and exquisite mud baths,
hot pools and therapeutic remedies provided in this Geothermal paradise.
See a complete list of Tikitere activities.
This week's featured activities in Tikitere are:
Rafting - Rotorua - Starting from NZ $85.00 per person
Raft the Kaituna River. Pass through steep, bush clad canyons, over 14 awesome drops- including the 7m Tutea Falls. Blended with a touch of culture, this trip offers it all, for both rafting enthusiasts and first timers. More...
Rafting - Rotorua - Starting from NZ $99.00 per person
Kaitiaki Adventures are New Zealand's original white water sledging specialists - since 1989. A Rotorua based whitewater rafting a sledging company we offer a unique blend of Maori culture and history whilst experiencing the ultimate adrenaline ruch. No previous experience necessary. Courtesy transport provided. More...
Helicopter Tour - Rotorua - Starting from $355.00 per person
Enjoy a scenic helicopter flight to the Mt Tarawera volcanic zone and Hells Gate Geothermal Reserve on a 1-hour tour from Rotorua. Take in amazing views of the city and surrounding lakes, mountains and thermal pools as you fly to Mt Tarawera. Land at Hells Gate where you go on a guided walk to see the steaming hot pools up close. Learn from informative commentary provided by your expert pilot-guide throughout your tour. More...