Hot Water Beach, Hot Water Beach
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One of New Zealand's most unusual beaches, Hot Water Beach gets its name from the underground hot springs that filter up through the sand here. In the four-hour low tide period, visitors to the beach dig into the sand to allow hot water to reach the surface and create their own thermal spa pools. Don't worry if you haven't brought a shovel--you can buy or rent one from the nearby surf shop. Please exercise caution at all times as the hot springs sit close to the sea and bathers can be caught unawares by large waves even at low tide. Make Hot Water Beach part of your personalized Hot Water Beach itinerary using our Hot Water Beach vacation generator.
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  • Hot water beach is totaly free. Just go to the beach and dig a hole. Accessable around low tide time only. Do not forget to bring good shovel (many accomondation in this area rent you it for free, or ...  more »
  • Lovely beach and lots of people as the tide reaches low. 1 hour either side of low tide is advised but also try digging near the 3 individual rock formations (approx 400 metres from the river) that st...  more »
  • If armed dig a hole directly in addition to 100 other people with a shovel to bathe in it. Then this is your place ;) You get paid $4.5 / h Park $5 you can borrow shovels too. The beach is actually very nice and it's certainly great in a "hot pool" to bathe - but not with sooo many people. There in New Zealand to splashing better opportunities (free of charge) alone in hot "pools" with waterfalls.
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