Hells Gate Excite Experience &
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Our tour starts by from Auckland city centre from where we pick you up from, then you’ll enjoy a two-hour scenic drive South of Auckland into Waikato, with a scenic stop or two for taking picturesque photos of New Zealand's lush countryside. We then arrive at our first destination of our trip.
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland - Lady Knox Geyser
Come and see the history and beauty of the Lady Knox Geyser at 10.15am every day. Presented by our fantastic staff in a natural amphitheatre. Lady Knox Geyser provides a unique opportunity to see an eruption to heights of 10 to 20 metres.
Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Park
Sculptured out of volcanic activity and thousands of years in the making, Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland is considered to be New Zealand’s most colourful and diverse geothermal sightseeing attraction. You are introduced to a uniquely different natural landscape – the key to what you see lies below the surface – one of the most extensive geothermal systems in New Zealand, extending over 18-sq. km.
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland is a spectacular showcase of New Zealand’s most colourful and unique geothermal elements sculpted by thousands of years of volcanic activity.
The surreal beauty opens your mind and invigorates your senses to release your own inner harmony and sense of tranquility. Enjoy viewing unique volcanic features as you walk at your own pace along well-defined tracks. Relax in the first-class Visitor Centre, home to our Gift Shop and Café facilities.
What Else you need to know
There are no toilet facilities in the main park. Please ensure you use toilet facilities available at the Visitor Centre before entering the park.
There are plenty of photo opportunities so it is a good idea to ensure that you have fully charged equipment and plenty of space on your memory card.
Our comprehensive guide map provided with your ticket contains a great deal of useful information about the features within the park. There are currently translations available in German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Russian and Czech.
After you finish the first experience of the trip, we then make our way to our second unique experience - Hells Gate.
Hell's Gate Geothermal Walk
Take a guided or self-guided tour of New Zealand’s most active geothermal reserve, walking amongst erupting waters, an active mud volcano and land coral. Experience getting your hands and feet dirty in our healing mud pool or try your hand at Māori carving. You’ll soon discover the legends and myths behind Hell’s Gate.
Hell's Gate Excite Experience
Combine all three of Hell’s Gate’s most popular experiences with this package. Take part in the guided or self-guided interactive geothermal walk, before indulging in our geothermal mud baths and sulphur spas. It’s a Rotorua experience you’ll never forget.
Includes geothermal walk which takes between one and one and a half hours, as well as Māori carving. Then bathe in our world-famous mud baths and soak in the sulphur spas and cool plunge pool.
Pick up from Auckland CBD
Snacks & Water
Stops for Scenic Photos
Admission to Lady Knox Geyser
Admission & 2 Hours Self-Guided Experience at the Wai-o-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Admission & 3 Hours Guided experience at the Hells Gate Geothermal Park
Admission to Hells Gate Excite Experience
Drop Off to Auckland CBD
Tour Duration: 13 Hours
Pickup Time: 06:00 am