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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.
  • Excellent50%
  • Very good32%
  • Average13%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“low tide” (359 reviews)
“your feet” (65 reviews)
Ocean Beach Road, Hot Water Beach, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday

The hot water is certainly there, if you dig in the right spot, which is a soccer-pitch sized area between the headland and the big rock. You can't miss it, as at low tide it becomes a seething mass of digging humanity. As some negative...More

Thank Andrew P
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Enjoyed a full day here. We didn’t dig holes and soak in the hot water but it was neat to see others doing it. Instead we chose to sit near by and enjoy the day laying in the sun and swimming in this great spot...More

Thank ExplorerGG
Reviewed 3 days ago

We enjoyed our visit to this beach. Perfect for our baby who isn't too keen on cold water and it was fun to find a good spot to dig and the relax.

Thank AGl0betr0tter
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

It’s so much fun around low tide, just look for the bathing people and ask where the hot water is bubbling up. Dig or inherit a hole that someone else made. Great family activity! The ocean waves there were really fun too.

Thank KevinHanabi
Reviewed 6 days ago

This was our second trip to New Zealand and I was determined to do this, this time. It was worth it. You need to go around low tide and for us that was 8am in the morning and not an ideal beach time, and we...More

1  Thank Nicole H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hot Water Beach is bun-fight even on a quiet day. We had the choice between a 7am and 8pm low tide so we went early at 6am and yes, there were plenty of people there but we had a chance to stake some real estate...More

1  Thank NZDuffnetts
Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived and first didn't know what to do and just started digging - in the wrong place obviously. Try to find a spot where you dig your feet into the sand and you can feel warm water / warm sand. Then get your shovels...More

Thank Stefan S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very excited finally able to shove the sand and dive in the hot water beach. Like an onsen but on public beach. Great experience for everyone all age.

Thank sydboyz
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Of course the main attraction is the hot water seeping through the sand, but the beach is awesome even if you visit outside the 2 hours before and after low tide. It’s a great walk from one end to the other and popular with surfers....More

Thank Kiwigirl341
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you’ve read other Hot Water Beach reviews you are probably well prepared to visit. It is super busy, parking isn’t good and you’ll meet some bloody rude visitors, but after all that it is still worth the experience.

Thank Rick M
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Charles L
January 6, 2018|
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Response from Kiwi_iwiK | Reviewed this property |
As a born and bred kiwi I can say I am very impressed with your effort to prioritise a trip to hot water beach. You will be fine with that tide although your time in the hot water will be limited. Hot water beach is very... More
Tracy Rangi Y
January 6, 2018|
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Response from p_pebbles | Reviewed this property |
I would say it would be busy but should not be as bad as the weeks prior. By then a lot of people will have returned to work , however it is still the school holidays
December 27, 2017|
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Response from Leo L | Reviewed this property |
There is a lifeguard hut at the far end of the carpark where they rent out shovels for $5. Not sure if they require a deposit.