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Hot Water Beach

Ocean Beach Road, Hot Water Beach, New Zealand
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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.
  • Excellent48%
  • Very good32%
  • Average14%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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Ocean Beach Road, Hot Water Beach, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Free parking and less crowded but a longer walk from the first car park you come to. Only accessible for a couple of hours around low tide and it can get very crowded. We got there at 7am and were the 2nd couple on the...More

Thank PamNottingham_UK
Reviewed 6 days ago

We joined the masses late afternoon to build our hole filled with hot water. We actually arrived a little before the rush and could feel the sand heating up so we bagged our spot nearby. It can get too hot to stand in places and...More

Thank Gadabouts95
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Had a fun night, we went down at 10pm when it was low tide, it was super windy, raining and cold, ran down the beach in boardies, found some heated sand and started digging. It was hot! Had to dig next too it and add...More

Thank TrevorRadburn
Reviewed 1 week ago

We weren't there at the correct time to find a hot spot, but the area is very pretty and is worth stopping at for sure.

Thank Kim W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'm kidding about the don't go alone, its just because I'm so shy and digging a hole in the sand to spa on by myself but if you are brave enough then go for it! Why miss the experience of a free spa just cause...More

Thank WanderLady28
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Walk along the beach to the rocky crop. Were the sand feels hot dig yourself a hole and sit/lie in the warm/hot water that oozes up through the sand. Be careful the water can be over boiling point. Even on a nice winters day get...More

Thank abseilor
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is a unique beach, where you can dig a small pit on the beach and hot water comes out (around 55-60 degree celcius). It can be done for 2 hours on either side of low tide. But if you dig closer to when low...More

Thank Damanig
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Don't bother hiring a spade; all of the digging spots are pretty much done shortly after tide. Anywhere outside these is either cold or scalding hot!! - people are happy to share and pools are frequently left vacant to occupy.....just join in the fun and...More

Thank jack c
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

What an amazing place!! I totally recommend everyone see this place. We did both times of the tide being out.....in the evening of course there is a ton of ppl there and its still a great time but in the morning when there was no...More

Thank Darwin2c
Reviewed 23 May 2017

The beach is as beautiful as any, the adventure being in digging your own thermal pool in the sand when the tide is low. The challenge is in knowing the right spot for digging, and you can tell those who already know from their ability...More

Thank dalma d
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Hi Expert, I am going to Hot Water Beach tomorrow. May I know how to know the low tides time? I do not understand it read the data online which it said 3am? From the photos, it seems like before sunset? Appreciate someone can confirm. Tks!
22 March 2017|
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Response from Emmajury | Reviewed this property |
Tides are different every day. Just look the tide times up.
Are dogs allowed on the beach?
12 September 2016|
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Response from alannevillenz | Reviewed this property |
Not really sure. Different beaches have different rules. Have never seen a dog there but best to check the web-site.
Isn't Hot Water Beach in the North Island?
28 August 2016|
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Response from krisn2boys | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it is in the North Island about 30 minutes from Whitianga