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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 4 days ago via mobile

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

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Robert S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful spot but water we had to wade through was still freezing. Would definitely go again. But we'd be better prepared next time. Spade is a must. Just a kids beach spade will do.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Ukelass
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Kenster1001
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Hayley D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank liannejs
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank BryanCll
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank nicholaswillmott
Reviewed 7 September 2019

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

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Caitlin E
Reviewed 28 August 2019

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

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Jean H
Reviewed 23 August 2019 via mobile

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

Date of experience: August 2019
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JosieH
6 February 2019|
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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
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Rdrusty1977
14 January 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
14 January 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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