Hot Water Beach
Hot Water Beach
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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.
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  • Sophie
    75 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun, but not relaxing!
    This is a fun thing to do while you are in the coromandel, however definitely make sure you do your research before you go. You have to go 2 hours either side of low water, however we arrived 2 hours before low tide and found that we couldn't dig for 45 minutes because the sea kept washing the walls of our pool away. Also note that it does get very busy, and the area with geothermal heat is quite small so you will probably be sharing a pool with a group of people! Also bring your own shovel or arrive in time to rent one. A funny experience but not the relaxing romantic one you see on Instagram!
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 16, 2023
  • Himmanshu S Jaswal
    Noida, India9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The most amazing experience.
    Hot Water Beach is a unique and popular tourist attraction in Rotorua, New Zealand. It is located on the shores of Lake Tarawera, and is known for its natural hot springs that bubble up through the sand at low tide. To experience the hot springs, you will need to dig a hole in the sand at low tide. The depth of the hole will depend on how hot you want the water to be. The water can be anywhere from 40 to 60 degrees Celsius (104 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit). Once you have dug your hole, you can sit back and enjoy the warm water. The hot springs are said to have therapeutic properties, and many people believe that they can help to relieve pain and stiffness. In addition to the hot springs, Hot Water Beach is also a beautiful spot to relax and enjoy the scenery. The beach is surrounded by native bush, and there are often dolphins and whales swimming in the lake. Here are some tips for visiting Hot Water Beach: Visit at low tide. This is when the hot springs are most accessible. Bring a shovel. You will need this to dig your hole. Wear old clothes. The sand can be muddy and wet. Be careful not to get burned. The water can be very hot, especially in the deeper holes. Be respectful of the environment. Do not litter or damage the sand dunes. Overall, Hot Water Beach is a fun and unique experience that is worth adding to your New Zealand itinerary. Just be sure to plan your visit carefully and follow the tips above to make the most of it. Here are some additional things to consider when visiting Hot Water Beach: The best time to visit is during the summer months (December to February), when the weather is warm and sunny. The beach is open 24 hours a day, but the best time to go is at low tide, which is usually around 11am to 2pm. There is a small parking fee at the beach. There are a few cafes and souvenir shops near the beach. You can also book a guided tour of Hot Water Beach. I hope this helps!
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 1, 2023
  • John M
    3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An interesting place
    The black sands are a bit different from the normal beach. Fortunately we arrived in a gap in the weather so the trip and lunch on the beach was well worth it. The road for the last few miles made for interesting driving but was all part of the" remote show". Well worth a visit
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 30, 2023
  • David W
    Wookey Hole, United Kingdom58 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hot Water Beach - weird & wonderful
    What a bizarre and wonderful place. Hot water bubbles up in certain places on the beach so you can dig a pool and wallow in the hot water. Then cool off in the sea. But be careful- the water is very hot in some places. You need to be there within a 4 hour window around low tide or the hot water area in under the waves. You can hire a shovel to dug your pool for equivalent of £5. Very amusing to see a lot of people digging away on the beach in search of the hot water.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 11, 2024
  • Heidimoe
    83 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful beach, with fun and unique hot spring experience.
    What a fun and unique experience. Go early to beat the crowds. Best to visit at low tide. If you visit at high tide you won't get to experience the hot springs. Be sure to take a shovel so you can dig your natural hot tub!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 8, 2024
  • Dave
    Sheffield, United Kingdom128 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beach Stop!
    Crazy beautiful beach..you really don't need a spade to enjoy the thermals, just find a spot and wiggle your feet, won't be long before your running into the sea to cool them down🤪. Be careful in the sea, it was really wild at waist deep! i lost my sunglasses to it😞. The car park that's close by was 4$ an hour when we were there in Feb..and it's camera controlled so note when you need to leave!
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 10, 2024
  • Graham M
    Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom370 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An unusual and fun experience
    Tips 1 There are three car parks. The first is free (500m walk), the others charge and are nearer. 2 Take a spade with a metal blade and a wooden shaft. Kids spades are no good. 3 Arrive about 30 to 60 minutes before low tide. Pick an early morning ride if at all possible to beat the crowds. 4 Walk along the beach near the hot water area (where the crowd is or where the sand has been dug, icy out are early). You can feel the very hot water running down the beach k to the sea. Dig your pool upstream from a hot water steam, if possible. 5 When you dig your pool, build a wall on the sea side of the pool to protect it from incoming tide. 6 Enjoy but be careful not to scald yourself It’s the closest you are likely to get to a thermal experience.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 11, 2024
  • Julia @Scrumptious Solent
    Southampton, United Kingdom4,128 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely long beach
    Great place to people watch as everyone tries to dig a hole to sit in to enjoy the hot water being pushed up from underground heated rocks. Some pools are too hot to sit in (you can see the steam rising from the sand) whereas others are nice like luke warm tea! It’s only a small part of the beach that has the hot water area, the rest of the reach is largely empty and enjoyed by walkers or surfers. You can walk a long way even at high tides- but if you want to dig then you need to be here either one hour before or one hour after low tide. And bring a sturdy spade!!
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 12, 2024
  • Rob S
    Gold Coast, Australia1,220 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small hot water area
    Be warned - the hot water part of Hot Water Beach is in a small section of around 50m in front of the rocky headland. Nobody tells visitors that as you futilely wander the beach, shovel in hand. The hot water area can get crowded and the sand is so soaked in water it is impossible to build pools. Caution, the water can be rather hot.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 13, 2024
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JLandMike
Cochrane, Canada739 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
We came here and it was not too crazy busy. Brought our own shovels which saved us some money as it’s $10 to rent with a $20 deposit. We wonders if we would know where to dig but it was pretty obvious as all the people were concentrated in a small area of this very large beach. Some spots were absolutely burning hot, too hot to even stand in and yet less than 2 ft away the water would be lovely and warm. It was super fun trying to find a spot to dig and we ended up sharing the “spa” with another couple. People are super friendly. We stayed well over an hour postlude because it was so relaxing and we enjoyed visiting with so many others. We are so glad we did this.
Written February 12, 2020
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Giles W
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Had an awesome time, check the time of dead low arrive 3-1/2 hrs early have two or more shovels, bring your own or hire there form hot waves cafe or a local with signs out.. the trick is to dig a wall big enough to withstand the incoming tide then ten your attention to the pool depth once satisfied enjoy for 3-4hrs in the beautiful warm water. Be carful some spots will cook an egg🙂
Written January 3, 2020
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Chasyj
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK184 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
We were on a holiday to see family in Auckland NZ and spent a week in Queenstown. Hot water beach was recommended and I confess I doubted the validity of water which was so hot you couldn’t put your feet in it. We hired shovels from the Hot Waves Cafe (see separate review) and set off (around 9.30) - you have to watch the tides - and joined the throng of diggers! The digging area is quite limited but most folk were encouraged to join in. Although some were several feet down, you really don’t need to dig far in some locations to find very hot water! The ideal is to find a spot where it’s like sitting in a lovely bath! In short, great fun was had by all and I thoroughly recommend it as a family outing!
Written February 25, 2020
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Carrie
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Hot water beach was the absolute highlight of our trip to NZ. We stayed at the Top 10 holiday park, which I 100% recommend. You can rent a spade to dig yourself a hole (would recommend getting 2 as it's a lot of digging), walk over to the beach, dig a hole and have a relaxing rest! Dig your hole right next to where the hot sand touches the cold sand so you don't cook too much and can adjust your water temp by adding more hot/cold as needed. Can go 2 hours before low tide and stay about 2 hours after low tide. Go in winter (June-Aug) for crisp air and hot water and the lowest crowds.
Written August 25, 2022
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Fam5er
North Island, New Zealand42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
We visited Hahei in October and Hot water beach was just a short drive away. We had two gloomy, wet, cold, windy days and what better place to be that your own hot pool. Find out when low tide is and head along any time 2 hours before, on the turn of the tide, up to 2 hours after so you have around a 4 hour window. We stayed about an hour. We parked in the parking lot closest to the beach (parking ticket machines are seized up but we left a couple of $$). Armed with towels, a bucket and a spade we walked the short way. You do need to wade through an ankle deep cold water stream. Our kids wore wet suits. We just wore togs with warm clothes over - a jacket or warm sweatshirt is good for the walk back, we also wore beanies as there was a cold wind. A couple of minutes walk found us at the right spot in front of the rocks. Around 4-5 other groups were already there. It wasn't at all busy. Dig your hole and have a stream of cold water and hot water coming in to get the right temp. It's quite fun especially if you have someone in your group on digging duty while you relax!! The bucket we filled with cold water from the sea to splash in when it got a bit hot but it's not necessary as you can dig a little stream from the sea to let in the cold water.
Written November 11, 2020
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Lyn M
Traralgon, Australia78 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Definitely go at low tide, we went too late & it was funny watching people digging holes 8 ft deep & having a tiny puddle of cool water. We found a couple of really warm shallow ones just above the waters edge. We were lucky & spoke with a local that explained that the best places are when the tide is out & dig in the wet sand. We hadnt hired one of the very expensive shovels, $10 deposit &$10 for 4 hours hire. We just stood on the edge of the water & then look at the shallows when you see bubbles wiggle your feet into the sand & it will get extremely hot all of a sudden. It was funny watching at least 50 people digging mega holes to sit in mud. Not much parking & you have to pay for it. But we would still go to see it & get warm toes in what is normally cold sand
Written February 11, 2020
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Foodilicious89
Sydney, Australia597 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
A great beach for family to relax and unwind. We visited in the morning and the water was a bit cold and the wave was strong. So we only stayed for a short time. That’s said, it was lovely to see lots of people were having a great time.
Written February 2, 2020
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Himmanshu S Jaswal
Noida, India9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
Hot Water Beach is a unique and popular tourist attraction in Rotorua, New Zealand. It is located on the shores of Lake Tarawera, and is known for its natural hot springs that bubble up through the sand at low tide.

To experience the hot springs, you will need to dig a hole in the sand at low tide. The depth of the hole will depend on how hot you want the water to be. The water can be anywhere from 40 to 60 degrees Celsius (104 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit).

Once you have dug your hole, you can sit back and enjoy the warm water. The hot springs are said to have therapeutic properties, and many people believe that they can help to relieve pain and stiffness.

In addition to the hot springs, Hot Water Beach is also a beautiful spot to relax and enjoy the scenery. The beach is surrounded by native bush, and there are often dolphins and whales swimming in the lake.

Here are some tips for visiting Hot Water Beach:

Visit at low tide. This is when the hot springs are most accessible.
Bring a shovel. You will need this to dig your hole.
Wear old clothes. The sand can be muddy and wet.
Be careful not to get burned. The water can be very hot, especially in the deeper holes.
Be respectful of the environment. Do not litter or damage the sand dunes.
Overall, Hot Water Beach is a fun and unique experience that is worth adding to your New Zealand itinerary. Just be sure to plan your visit carefully and follow the tips above to make the most of it.

Here are some additional things to consider when visiting Hot Water Beach:

The best time to visit is during the summer months (December to February), when the weather is warm and sunny.
The beach is open 24 hours a day, but the best time to go is at low tide, which is usually around 11am to 2pm.
There is a small parking fee at the beach.
There are a few cafes and souvenir shops near the beach.
You can also book a guided tour of Hot Water Beach.
I hope this helps!
Written September 1, 2023
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Antony J
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
So disappointing! From the moment we arrived and charged $4p/h parking, things did not improve. I felt sorry for the tourists with their young children who had travelled to experience this. Spade $10 hire each. We dug a 6ft hole with 3 spades and barely achieved a few inches of hot water. The hole was so big it would collapse when you reached the hot water. We were surrounded by hundreds of people working hard and we had one of the better outcomes. Many people abandoned after a while. Cafe was ok, beach compared to surrounding stunning areas was below par. Felt like a financial smash and grab on the tourists. If the hot water is easily accessible with the right knowledge then they should help the tourists achieve their goals with experts on hand. They make enough money from renting the spades. Hot water beach you need to do more!
Written January 10, 2020
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Bernice
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Well, we failed in finding hot water! I guess the tide was a little too high. Still had a lot of fun digging our own pool and trying to surf on the high waves. If you want even easier hot water, try the shore of Lake Rotorua (it is also less crowded there).
Written February 12, 2020
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