INSIDE: Hells Gate Maori Carving Experience. Updated 2018.
Try your hand at Maori carving on wood at Hells Gate Geothermal Park in Rotorua.
This Maori carving experience is included as part of the entry fee!
As if you needed another reason to visit Hells Gate Mud Spa and Thermal Geysers in Rotorua.
- 1 Enter through the Waharoa carved gateway
- 2 Protection from the God of Volcanic Activity
- 3 Maori Carvings Experience for Kids and Families
- 4 The Inside Scoop – Hells Gate Rotorua Maori Wood Carving Experience
- 5 Map of Hells Gate Rotorua Thermal Park
- 6 Toadstool Rating – Maori Carving designs
- 7 Looking for MORE SUPER DOOPER FUN things to do in Rotorua New Zealand with Kids?
Enter through the Waharoa carved gateway
To enter the Hells Gate thermal park, you must enter through the Maori carving of a gateway. The gateway features the Maori carving of Rangiteaorere, the chief of the local tribe at top. The carving on the left side of the gateway is of the Chief of his Father’s tribe, and on the right is the Commander of the Mother’s tribe.
Underneath, there is the face of Ruamoko, the God of Volcanic Activity.
Protection from the God of Volcanic Activity
Pass through these gates to obtain protection from the Chief against Ruamoko’s possible heated rage!
Maori Carvings Experience for Kids and Families
Everyone can join in the Maori carving experience at Hells Gate. Even the kids!
Our Maori host was an ex-teacher and super affable with good-natured charm. His jolly smile, and can-do attitude was just what the boys needed, as carving Maori patterns in wood is harder than it looks!
Learn about Maori art, Maori history, Maori language, and a few Maori words. It’s a great introduction to Maori education.
Kids under 12 need to be accompanied by a parent to help them with the tools. It’s a good idea. Those wood chisels are sharp!
Our hot tip: Pick a simple pattern from one of the five Maori carving symbols on offer. Thank me later.
A visit here is an authentic, hands-on, non-touristy, Maori experience in Rotorua.
The Inside Scoop – Hells Gate Rotorua Maori Wood Carving Experience
Correct at time of publication. Please check with venue for updates. We apologise in advance if there have been any changes we are unaware of.
Address: Hells Gate Rotorua Geothermal Park is located at State Highway 30, Tikitere, Rotorua. It’s Rotorua’s most active geothermal field.
Telephone: 07 345 3151
Website: Click here
- Monday – Sunday
- 8.30am – 10.00pm (Summer 1 Oct – 2 Apr)
- 8.30am – 8.30pm (Winter 3 Apr – 30 Sep)
- Open daily except Christmas Day.
- Bookings are essential after 6:00pm
Entry Fees: current at time of writing.
Geothermal Park Entry, including Maori Carving experience:
- Adults $35 NZ
- Child $17.50 NZ
- Family $85 NZ (2 adults, 2 kids aged 5-15 years)
- Kids 4 and under FREE
Hells Gate Mud Spa Retreat:
Entry to Mud Spa, Sulphur pools, and Twilight Spa extra. Click here for packages.
The Special Combo best value package, which included entry to the park, Geothermal Walk guided tour, Maori wood carving activity, and a visit to the Mud spa and Sulphur spa, was tops.
Massage, facials and other therapies also available for additional fee.
How to get there:
- By Car: Travel east from Rotorua on SH 30. Approximately 5 minutes past airport turn right toward Whakatane and proceed 3kms to Hells Gate.
Parking: Free parking out the front.
Map of Hells Gate Rotorua Thermal Park
Nearest takeaway coffee and/or food options: Cafe on site
Toilets: Yes, including baby change table. Next to the cafe, and another block of toilets at the spa.
Disability access: Yes
Closest ATM: Hells Gate has credit card and EFTPOS facilities.
Shade: No. BYO hat and sunscreen for the walk.
Hells Gate Rotorua Maori Carving Activity was last reviewed in September 2018
Toadstool Rating – Maori Carving designs
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