Hells Gate Tikitere 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.
After you finish the first experience of the trip, we then make our way to our second unique experience - Hell's Gate geothermal reserve.
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 Tikitere Experience
Combine a guided or self-guided exploration of our geothermal reserve with a private mud and semi-private sulphur spa experience. Begin your visit by walking through the reserve, where you’ll see erupting waters, active mud volcanoes and land coral. Afterwards, enjoy a private mud bath and sulphur spa, experiencing the healing properties local Māori have been using for centuries.
Includes the geothermal walk which takes between one and one and a half hours, Māori carving, as well as soaking in our private mud baths and sulphur spas. Towels and robes provided.
Pick up & Drop-off from Auckland
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 Tikitere Experience
Private Mud bath Experience
Semi-private Sulphur Spa Experience
Tour Duration: 13 Hours
Pickup Time: 06:00 am
A minimum of two people required on this tour