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We went there not knowing to expect and some locals helped us out and as we were digging invited us to join them in their pool. Great atmosphere but it can get crowded even in the off season. We stayed a couple hours and relaxed...More
A must do! We arrived just before low tide on a windy, cold, rainy morning in October. There were a couple of people established in their tubs. We started to dig - first spot too hot. Then a little further away - too cool. 3rd...More
Loved this day trip we did on the Coromandel.
A friend lives in the area and was aware to check the time of the tide so as to get a good amount of time on the beach / in the water.
PACK A SPADE or...More
Needs do be done 2 hours either side of low tide and does get quite busy so I would go earlier to get a good spot. Essentially dig where your feet feel hot! The water is super hot and it's worth having a couple of...More
Parking at the carpark here is NZ $2 per hour, inexpensive and a short walk to the attraction. There is free parking perhaps 750m before you actually get to this car park. It is only about a 10 - 12 min walk from here to...More
A must visit, you should arrive within 2 hours either side of high tide, and come with a shovel (to dig a decent sized hole) and a bucket to get cold sea water to manage the water temperature in your hole. The water can get...More
Honestly there are not that many things left in the world that are tourist-y that you can do for free any more and this was just that! We went during the New Zealand winter (almost spring) and got a surprise warm day (about 15'C) and...More
Who would have thought that you could dig a hole in the sand on the beach and watch it fill with with hot, hot water. Tried several places before finding a spot where the water wasn't so hot. At first planting my feet in the...More
The best thing we did on the Coromandel with 2 young kids. Make sure you check the tides 2 hours either side of low tide. Take your own shovel or just sit with someone else in their hot pool.
We stayed for hours and could...More
Response from ThatTallLass | Reviewed this property |
If you have a tight schedule I honestly wouldn't include Hot Water Beach. The idea that you can dig your own little hot pool is cool, but be aware that the area where you can do this is actually quite small. Me and my... More
If you have a tight schedule I honestly wouldn't include Hot Water Beach. The idea that you can dig your own little hot pool is cool, but be aware that the area where you can do this is actually quite small. Me and my boyfriend went on a weekday in October, so not even peak season, and there were a lot of people there in the hot water area so not enough room for us to dig our own pool. The further away you have to go from the "Danger Hot Water" sign, the deeper you have to dig to actually get the hot water, and by about 10m away from the sign the water is just cold.
If you're not doing anything else on the Coromandel Peninsula then I wouldn't say it's worth the time it takes out of your schedule to drive up to HWB.
Hope you have a great time whatever you decide! :)
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. ;)
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).