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This world famous beach at the tip of the Coromandel Peninsula contains two volcanic hot water springs that keep the water heated.
Ocean Beach Road, Hot Water Beach, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Popular even in winter. We got there 30 minutes into the time window and already a number of people around. We were able to take over a hole. It's amazing what a difference a small distance makes. Part of our hole was just right and...More

1  Thank Ian S
Reviewed 1 week ago

we had a great time at Hot Water Beach - were lucky enough to inherit an already dug out pool the first time there and had a great hour long soak in a wonderful hot pool. Had to dig our own the next morning at...More

Thank Sheltie99
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just a short walk from the car park. Nice beach and has hot water bubbling out of the sand. Take a spade dig a hole and it will fill up with hot water. Now take a bath while looking at the waves. Better at low...More

Thank Doug R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A lot of coincidence must be together to enjoy this place as me and my friends done! Winter, night with clear sky, the tide at night... (spoiler risk) if all of this variables are together you will rich the place from a short path in...More

Thank Christian B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Hot Water Beach is something unusual that you won’t find anywhere else and a great activity for anyone, I wouldn’t miss it while passing through. Take a spade down at low tide between 7-9pm and you can stay for a few hours. Nice to take...More

Thank becbrown6
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well this was a surprise on our journey around North Island. I did wonder why so many adults were carrying spades/shovels. Great evening out.

Thank Carol C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

That was a very nice experience that I had, to dig in the sand, find hot and warm water (depending where you dig). My hotel offered me a shovel to dig so I didn´t have to hire one for about 5 dollars

Thank LidianeC379
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The hot sand and water pools that this place is named for, are accessible 2 hours either side of low tide. A wonderful experience for young and old so bring your swimming gear regardless of the time of year. We visited on a Sunday in...More

2  Thank Emanpee
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went on a beautiful day. Road was sealed well but narrow with one way bridge(s) along the way. Parking fees were horrendous at $4.00 an hour. Toilet facilities were modern and tidy. The area where steam rise to the surface wasn’t far from the...More

2  Thank Turresian
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great beach to dig yourself a hole and have a soak in hot water and it's free..don't forget your spade, can get busy but worth it

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2 May 2018|
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Response from Jo B | Reviewed this property |
the thing with Hot Water Beach is that you need to go there 2 hours before to 2 hours after low tide. the natural underground springs are at the low tide mark. it's not too cold in May to visit as the springs are really warm. More
Charles L
7 January 2018|
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Response from Kiwi_iwiK | Reviewed this property |
As a born and bred kiwi I can say I am very impressed with your effort to prioritise a trip to hot water beach. You will be fine with that tide although your time in the hot water will be limited. Hot water beach is very... More
6 January 2018|
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Response from mekydro | Reviewed this property |
The beach will be crowded for about 2.5 hours either side of low tide; even then its only the bits that have hot water underneath. The rest of it will be almost deserted!