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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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Ocean Beach Road, Hot Water Beach, New Zealand
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There's a bit of a dirty pool next to the car park that makes the beach look a bit scruffy but don't let this put you off. Past this by the rocky outcrop is where it all happens. You will find people furiously digging holes...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank at_39000ft
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Super clean white sand and always good surf which can get lively at times. Perfect for surfing and boogie boarding with surf life saving on site. We dont usually come here to dig hot water at low tide, overcrowded these days with tourists. Good public...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank MeredithC398
Reviewed 2 days ago

Great beach for a picnic or swim . What a view Lots of places like this on the Coromandel Peninsula but great if you want to dig a hole in the sand and sit in your own pool of hot water. Weird or what!!! Recommend...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Audrey T
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Interesting place to visit. I did not rent a shovel, but did spend a few hours on the beach, great place to walk around a people watch, water was pleasant, and even saw what looked to be dolphins off the shore. If you are in...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jralp01
Reviewed 5 days ago

I really want to give this place a higher rating, but the experience really depends on whether you are able to get a spot in one of the pools. Bring a shovel. You can purchase one there. So here's the deal.................. The regular beach water...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank nonolosangeles
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We got here early and were able to find an open area to dig once the tide had gone out that bit more, later it was manic with people digging so close that it was getting dodgy once the very hot water had been found....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank timcT4223VM
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on a day trip to the coromandel peninsula- our tour guide “Sue” was very informative, great sense of humour, down to earth. The sites were amazing, hot water beach was a surprise, but quite an experience. Loved this tour!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank CanadaPen
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fun place to experience geothermal activity in action... lots of people digging holes in the sand, and having warm to hot water seep in. Shovels can be rented. Kids loved it, and kept running between the sea water to the thermal water in the holes...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank nilsboeffel
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We holiday with family in New Zealand every 2 or 3 years, and as they have a place on the Coromandel, invariably visit hot water beach. When the grandchildren were younger, we hired shovels and enjoyed hot water baths. This year we went to the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 318barriel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The strangest thing seeing a mass of people all digging in a strip of the beach where the geo thermal activity is. We didn't have any spades and used our hands, or you can just bury your feet to get the effect. Although some spots...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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JosieH
February 6, 2019|
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Response from moonflower59 | Reviewed this property |
Go at sunset.... plenty of people still on the beach then. Quite surreal with the steam!
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Rdrusty1977
January 13, 2019|
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Response from LoreneF777 | Reviewed this property |
It changes every day. Search online for low tide at hot water beach and the date you'd like to go. 2 hours before or after are perfect. if you go in the second 2 hours you can often take over an already dug hole. ;)
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Rdrusty1977
January 13, 2019|
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Response from readysteadyteddy | Reviewed this property |
Google 'New Zealand Hot Water Beach Tides'. We went early, 3 hours before low tide. There were people already at the hot spots and it just went on getting busier (and cooler as the hot water was spread around further).
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