Hot Water Beach, Hot Water Beach

#1 of 20 in Beaches in Waikato Region
Beach · Hidden Gem · Hot Spring
One of New Zealand's most unusual beaches, Hot Water Beach gets its name from the underground hot springs that filter up through the sand here. In the four-hour low tide period, visitors to the beach dig into the sand to allow hot water to reach the surface and create their own thermal spa pools. Don't worry if you haven't brought a shovel--you can buy or rent one from the nearby surf shop. Please exercise caution at all times as the hot springs sit close to the sea and bathers can be caught unawares by large waves even at low tide. Use our Hot Water Beach trip itinerary builder app to add Hot Water Beach and other attractions to your Hot Water Beach vacation plans.
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  • What a cool place! took us a little while to find the right spot but we learnt that if you dig your heals in the sand you can feel if its a good spot or not. They aren't kidding about it being hot...  more »
  • This was so cool! The gods were smiling upon us that day as it had been pouring all morning and we finally caught a break to go out to the beach, so there were only about 5 other people there...  more »

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