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Address: Ocean Beach Road, Hot Water Beach, New Zealand
Description: This world famous beach at the tip of the Coromandel Peninsula contains...
This world famous beach at the tip of the Coromandel Peninsula contains two volcanic hot water springs that keep the water heated.
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A great experience, but not for the reason you'd think

Went here with spade in hand to create our own hit pool. There were a number of people already there, but I wouldn't call it crowded. The ocean swell was just too big and my... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 14, 2015
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

It seems weird to have the cold water of the sea mixing with hot water coming up from the ground but this is such a unique place - brilliant!

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Went here with spade in hand to create our own hit pool. There were a number of people already there, but I wouldn't call it crowded. The ocean swell was just too big and my walls kept washing away - no matter how big I made them. We found the hot spots (and they do get hot), but couldn't create... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

There are way too many people any time of day to appreciate this natural marvel. Thames Coromandel District Council parking officers will probably fine you as well, for legal parking. Head to Kawhia on the west coast of the north island, much better and if you time the tides right you can enjoy the sunset over the horizon.

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Jamaica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Beautiful sunsets come bring a spade...aka shovel to this beach spot and join the fun! The beach had natural hot spring and you'll dig until you hit hot water and make your own natural jacuzzi. Family fun for everyone. The ocean water is cold. I prefer to dig my area near the ocean waves the tub can get really hot... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

There is only a fairly small window of opportunity to experience the hot water - the hole needs to be dug 2 hours either side of low tide, so make sure you know what the tides are doing. This information is readily available at the holiday park and cafe in the area. We visited during winter, when there is only... More 

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Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

This is a very popular beach especially at low tide when visitors all arrive to dig in the sand for the hot water spring.

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Beenleigh
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

You need to be here an hour either side of low tide. Just travelling we did not have a spade, but someone had kindly left theirs on the beach, which we gladly used (and left behind I might add). You do need a spade to dig out the sand in the pit which mostly other people before us had kindly... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

We went down to the beach late in the evening to dig holes in the sand. It was very popular and we met lots of other travellers, which made for a fun evening. It's amazing how hot it gets! In some spots it was incredible and you needed to hop in and out from the heat.

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Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Even in winter it's worth taking the spade, picnic and family to Hot Water Beach to dig yourself a natural spa in the sand :)

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Hillsboro, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

You're driving to this beach to do the hot tub experience. It only happens at low tide. The high tide water line covers the geo-thermal vent.

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Address: Ocean Beach Road, Hot Water Beach, New Zealand
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Coromandel Peninsula  >  Hot Water Beach

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