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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.
  • Excellent51%
  • Very good32%
  • Average13%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“low tide” (391 reviews)
“your feet” (73 reviews)
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Ocean Beach Road, Hot Water Beach, New Zealand
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"low tide"
in 391 reviews
"your feet"
in 73 reviews
"unique experience"
in 71 reviews
"car park"
in 75 reviews
"tide times"
in 28 reviews
"two hours"
in 40 reviews
"hot pot"
in 36 reviews
"great fun"
in 46 reviews
"small section"
in 10 reviews
"geothermal activity"
in 10 reviews
"cool experience"
in 10 reviews
"new zealand"
in 55 reviews
"holiday park"
in 16 reviews
"steam rising"
in 12 reviews
"spa pool"
in 14 reviews
"digging holes"
in 27 reviews
"coromandel peninsula"
in 16 reviews
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We had a great time in the hot pools here. We had our own spades, and dig in someone else’s pool as they left. The kids (5 and 3) loved it. Great family day that only cost car parking! On that theme, longstanding bugbear and...More

Thank dmc1002
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went at night and the glow worms on the path, coupled with bioluminescence in the seawater, plus hot water coming up through the sand while I watched the stars... truly magical! If you go at night, turn off your flashlight for a bit at least...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

No seriously. You're going to burn yourself and it's gonna be worth it. It's such a fascinating cheap outdoor activity to dig your own hot tub. It's so much fun when it's freezing cold to run 100m down the beach in a bikini through a...More

Thank Megan V
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wifey and I went down to the beach at low tide in the early evening and was far better than the morning tides as more space and less people! Don’t forget a spade or trowel to dig, but you may get lucky and get someone...More

Thank nomadmattm
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The tides worked very well for our stay. Mid - afternoon 2-5pms and a bonus of two early morning digs to sit in hot water and enjoy the sunrise. Beautiful.

Thank nickwillemse60
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Growing up in NZ I heard all about it but never made the trip to the beach as it is a good 45 minute from main highway. However, now that I have been I will definitely be back! Going in winter was perfect, the water...More

Thank Liz S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived at 8.00am for low tide. Definitely requires a spade to dig. Nice beach and great fun building your hot pool for the kids and adults alike.

Thank Matthew F
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Dig a hole in the sand and relax. Here's the place for a free spa bath with the whole family and and a swim in the ocean after.

Thank Totrue B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a nice long stretched beach where you're able to dig a hole to make your own hot water sand tub.Make sure to come during the 4 hrs of low tide, bring a shovel and find the right spot, infront of a rock in...More

Thank GIobeCurious
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place was amazing, we didn’t believe it till we experienced it ourselves. We visited mid winter, freezing cold temps and rain yet, the hot water pool kept us warm, cozy and relaxed. Regretted not having taken our cheese/cracker board and wine. We only had...More

Thank Josie U
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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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