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. 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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  • Hot Water Beach is a must visit if your in the Coromandel Peninsula area. Bring a spade (shovel) and you can actually dig down into the sand and create your own little spa/hot tub. If you're staying a...  more »
  • Does what it says on the tin. Dig yourself a hole or steal someone else's. It was freezing when we went and the water really was boiling thankfully.  more »
  • We were there in april early in the morning and could experience a great sunrise in our self-shoveled hot water pool. Shortly after 6:00 a.m. we set off from Hahei to drive the few kilometers to Hot Water Beach. It is all well signposted and we found the parking lot quickly. Ticket solved and already we went with shovels and bathing equipment to the beach. You can see very quickly where you have to dig, if you walk barefoot along the beach you feel the hot springs very quickly and clearly. If it is too hot at one point, you simply dig a few centimeters/meter further to the left or right of it. After a short time we had built our private pool and were able to enjoy the pleasantly tempered water. We had a time window of almost 2 hours until the tide arrived and we had to hand over our hot water pool back to nature, unfortunately...... it was nice, the early getting up was worth it!
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