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Hot Water Beach

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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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Make your own hot water pool :)

Hot water beach was a really special experience. You come out to the beach and a the other end there is a lot of people digging holes in the sand. You find a spot and then you... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 30, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

Hot water beach was a really special experience. You come out to the beach and a the other end there is a lot of people digging holes in the sand. You find a spot and then you just begin digging a hole, and feel how the hot water comes up. Now you have your own pool. But not for long.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

2 hours either side of low tide will see an influx of people . We had a midnight low tide which was great because not too many people. This is an amazing experience . But be warned - when it's hot it is really really hot. Look out for glow worms on the beach at night. Quite incredible.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

This year (2015), the low tide was actually very high, so the availability of space to dig a pool was more limited, everyone is always friendly, and usually happy to share their pool, especially with children. I managed to burn my foot just by walking over some very hot sand where there was boiling water coming up. So try to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

We visited hot water beach in late december and is was completely packed, which is a shame because the small hot pools in the sand are really nice. Be careful though, the water is very hot!

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Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

This beach is beautiful in its own right, without the hot water pools! It was very busy here with people digging to create, hot water pools but once the fun of digging was over it calmed down and became a lovely place to be. A warning though - we dug our toes into the sand; it was very very hot.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Find a spot and dig, spend hours in the hot pool creations with breaks in the surf to cool off. One cannot ask for anything more. Of course this is tide dependent though.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Place has really grown since visited last. Of course it's so popular at this time of the year that there are too many people at the spot trying to dig for hot water. Tip... dig your feet into the sand, and if it's really hot, dig your hole. Don't keep digging deep holes in the cold sand hoping to 'get... More 

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Whitianga, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

This is one of the best and most interesting beaches on the coromandel. The hot water can be very hot in places. Get there early to secure your spot if you go during the holidays. It does get busy. Also be careful of the rips.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

There were a lot of people already sitting in holes that they had dug that were apparently filled with hot water coming up from under the ground. I went into the empty one and the water felt like it was just a little warm, could have just been from the sun. I wasn't keen on staying but we did and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

This really reminded us of the Pacific Northwest of the US. While the scenery was beautiful and the beach was lovely, much like Oregon, the water isn't really swimmable--rough undertow and cold. The hot water pools were really cool, but super crowded. I would think the best time to go is low tide late at night/early morning or in the... More 

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