Hot Water Beach, Hot Water Beach
(3.5/5 based on 750+ reviews on the web)
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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  • We'd expected a beach where you take your spade and dig yourself a little pool in your own space. In reality only a very small area when dug gave the hot water, making it more of a communal pool! That...  more »
  • We visited Hot Water Beach on Saturday afternoon and it was way too full, so we could not dig a pool for ourselves. Monday to Friday is better, and best if low Tide is early in the morning (6-8 AM). 
  • Everyone travelling to NZ should not miss the opportunity to go to Hot Water Beach! The most amazing naturally occurring wonder happens...dig, and dig just s little more and will have your own hot wat...  more »