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Hot Water Beach

Ocean Beach Road, Hot Water Beach, New Zealand
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  • Average13%
  • Poor3%
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“low tide”(387 reviews)
“your feet”(70 reviews)
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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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Reviewed 2 days ago

Hot Water Beach is amazing - thermal hot water oozing from the sand where people made their own little soaking pools. A late afternoon visit taking in sundown was really special. Hire a spade from nearby Hot Water Beach Top 10 Holiday Park Reception (complimentary...More

Thank Deborah K
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The Hot Water Beach is beautiful and clean. We went there around 11am and we missed the hot water experience as the low tides on that day around 4pm. It's best to go when there are low tides as you have to dig the hole...More

Thank Vish210
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was the most unique beach experience I’ve ever had. It’s almost surreal to dig a pit into the sand and reach extremely hot water. The waters temperature fluctuated from scorching hot to about the temperature of typical hot tube. In addition to being unique...More

Thank Clashfactor
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Be at the beach 2 hours either side of low tide. Dig a hole and hope. With luck you have a warm bath heated by hot springs from below, if unlucky you dig towards the Earth's core . Don't take over someone's abandoned hole -...More

Thank BillandMichelle2014
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very interesting to see , some of the pools are that hot you can’t step into them , you hire a shovel and and make your bath tub , what an experience

Thank Rhonda C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You will need a spade to dig a large hole. Then when water starts to flow in, get in but be careful - it's HOT. Some like to bathe for a while with a beverage, and others like to get all hot and then dive...More

Thank John M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Park the vehicle,Hire a spade get the swimwear on in the clean facilities.Wander up the beach to the rock outcrops ,dig a double coffin lie down and soak in the soothing hot water. Even the boss wants to go back again. First time in her...More

Thank Kelvin O
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was an odd experience - combining the strange with the absurd. We went around low tide, which was quite early There were already lots of people there in well dug pools We tried to dig our own (with the shovels loaned to us by...More

1  Thank Angela T
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this beach at the end of April but needed two attempts to get it right. The website suggested to go 2 hours each side of low tide. So, first attempt was at 8:30am (low tide was 6:30am). But, this was too late. The...More

Thank Lisa G
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've never experienced a beach like this before. Visited in late December & It was really amazing. Time your visit to arrive 2hours before or 2 hours after low tide. I found parking the biggest difficulty as lots of people arrive around this time. You...More

Thank miccof
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Teo K
2 May 2018|
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Response from Jo B | Reviewed this property |
the thing with Hot Water Beach is that you need to go there 2 hours before to 2 hours after low tide. the natural underground springs are at the low tide mark. it's not too cold in May to visit as the springs are really warm. More
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Charles L
7 January 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
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Tracy Rangi Y
6 January 2018|
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Response from mekydro | Reviewed this property |
The beach will be crowded for about 2.5 hours either side of low tide; even then its only the bits that have hot water underneath. The rest of it will be almost deserted!
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