Hot Water Beach, Hot Water Beach

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#1 of 19 in Beaches in Waikato Region
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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. Use our Hot Water Beach trip itinerary builder app to add Hot Water Beach and other attractions to your Hot Water Beach vacation plans.
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  • A unique experience in that not many places combine a volcanic spring and a beach. However when you dig and hit hot water (easy to find because sand is hot above it) the water is absolutely thermonucl...  more »
  • It was really cool! It would have been better if it wasn't so cold! So I advise you to check the weather before you go and the wind! Even if you are in the hot water it still gets cold above since mos...  more »
  • Not many places in the world can boast something like this, perhaps only the Queen Charlotts in Canada, so go, experience it and then get to Cathedral Cove.  more »
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  • Beautiful place! Hot spring meets the cool ocean. Best time to go is two hours before or after low tide. Be sure to find the hot water source first (the sand will be hot in that area). Dig a hole, add some cool ocean water to make the temp comfortable and jump in. Be careful with little kids as water can get very hot in certain areas.
  • One of the the most bizarre things I’ve experienced. The beach water is cold but the holes (if you dig one over a hot stream) are boiling hot. With this being said you need to go during low tide because the area with hot water is lower on the beach. We went around 4 and the beach was flooded with people. You could buy your own shovel, which I suggest doing if you go first thing in the morning. If you’re going later on, I wouldn’t bother because there are so many extra shovels lying around.
  • It's fun to dig your own hole to hang in. Works very well, even too hot at places
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