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West Coast secret

Wild West Coast hot spot Unpopulated by the masses. Well worth the trip. Check out Aotea Harbour... read more

Reviewed 29 August 2018
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Sun or rain, this beach is one of the most beautiful in the area. Black sand, and even with high... read more

Reviewed 30 June 2018
Whangarei Heads, New Zealand
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“ocean beach”(3 reviews)
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Te Puia Road, Kawhia, New Zealand
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Reviewed 29 August 2018 via mobile

Wild West Coast hot spot Unpopulated by the masses. Well worth the trip. Check out Aotea Harbour while you are in the area.

Thank GeoffG874
Reviewed 30 June 2018 via mobile

Sun or rain, this beach is one of the most beautiful in the area. Black sand, and even with high tide room enong to play. Sit down or walk all the way, fun for everyone

Thank Coen_Cramer
Reviewed 18 April 2018

We visited the beach a couple of times over summer and found sitting in our very own hot water pool and watching the sun set with a bottle of wine serene and majestic. Not too many people here and the temprature is just right. Mid...More

Thank touringteam2018
Reviewed 23 March 2018

Kawhia (KA-fia) Hot Water Beach is a wonderful find at the end of the road along the Tasman Sea form town. The drive in along a windy tall pine tree lined road is beautiful. There's an ample dirt parking area with a well marked path...More

1  Thank _guaranteedplants
Reviewed 22 March 2018 via mobile

We have been there early in the morning (7 am) during low tide. This may be the reason why there was no one else on the beach but still I would assume this beach to be far less crowded than Coromandel also during the day....More

Thank solana87
Reviewed 5 March 2018

Must know the tides, at low tide you can dig your own hot pool, as big and deep as you like. It is a free spa experience, just a little digging required.

1  Thank saracoralie21
Reviewed 26 February 2018

We rented a shovel from one of the local hotels. Follow the signs through town to the hot water beach. Its just over a hill at the end of the road. There are bathrooms at the parking lot and a changing area. The sand is...More

2  Thank 2011Alaskamom
Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

Visit 2hrs either side of low tide (the hot spring is covered at high tide). Take a spade so you can dig your own spa. Make sure you dig a bit first to see if you have found a hot spot; sometimes it can feel...More

1  Thank AdrienneHannan
Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

We would highly recommend a trip to Kawhia and the ocean beach with the hot springs. In summer wear good footwear as the sand up and over the dunes gets very very hot. Take a spade and dig a hole at the bottom of the...More

1  Thank Stoney41
Reviewed 28 December 2017

You need to go on a cloudy day to enjoy this beach. From the car park, you would need to walk for about 500m including conquering a massive sand dune, before you finally enjoy the breathtaking view. Worth the climb though. Families with small kids...you'll...More

1  Thank M_Goel
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14 November 2017|
Response from annidil | Reviewed this property |
No bbq area at the beach. There is a toilet (bad shape), but nothing more. But you will be more or less alone at the beach. So bring your stuff and leave no trace. It will be fine. Don’t forget the shovel and be there 2h... More
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