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Lake Tarawera's Hot Water Beach

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Address: Rotorua, New Zealand

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Experience of a lifetime

Our visit to hot water beach at Lake Tarawera was an amazing experience. How often do you see natural steaming hot water pouring out of a hillside and into a lake edge? It was a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Wellington, New Zealand
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Our visit to hot water beach at Lake Tarawera was an amazing experience. How often do you see natural steaming hot water pouring out of a hillside and into a lake edge? It was a real novelty to see thermal water in nature like that and great to give the kids that experience. Loved the scenic little camp ground and... More 

Thank LizAH1974
Hamilton, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Stayed with a large group of friends and 17 children aged 12-3. Wonderful spot with no cell phone reception and the only luxury being toilets. Kids utterly happy being kids, swimming, exploring, enjoying being together. Most of our group cooked their food hangi-style in the steaming hot stream. All very successful. We also did bananas and chocolate, hot noodles, hot... More 

Thank JoteePark
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

the views are worth the journey,a coffee place is next to the lake the food is simple.nature walks are at the lake side,

Thank Morando B
Washington DC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

It was pouring down rain when we stopped here, but that didn't stop of from exploring and enjoying. Would highly recommend leaving a few minutes to enjoy this beautiful spot

Thank Heather L
Brisbane, Australia
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12 reviews
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Reviewed 19 March 2017

Visited this amazing location with family. What a unique experience, digging your very own hot water spa on a beach with amazing views.

Thank Jennifer L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

Lovely hike from the landing to the hot pool and after that over the last hill to the hot water beach. I loved the hike and the hot water experience. I took the water taxi for 25$ (leaves at 3:30pm but call to make sure it arrives) back. Important: wear long trousers. Some part of the track is covered by... More 

Thank Mh1976
London, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Well what can I say...what an amazing place the hot water beach was...it started of on a warm Sunday morning and we followed the trail and after 18km we ended up on a beach and the water was hot and also the sand on the lake bed.....there was also a place stoned off that had boiling hot water flowing into... More 

Thank Hazel D
Berlin, Germany
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Reviewed 6 March 2017

We actually planned another trip but changed plans after this hike was recommended by the DOC information in Rotorua. It is a wonderful 15 km hike along Lake Terawera with beautiful views of the lake. After arriving at the campsite you are greeted by the very open and friendly host and you can relax sitting in the lake enjoying the... More 

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed the 15km hike to the beach. It is a long hard hike so be prepared. Took a solid 4 hours. Lots of uphill so good level of fitness is essential. Not a good hike for young children. Take food and water with you. Beach was stunning. DOC campsite is great. Will be going back.

Thank nzgirl68
Mold, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

took a trip up to this on recommendation from family and friends. very unusual experience but totally enjoyable day out.

Thank cthrnyts

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