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Hot and tiring!

There is a MASSIVE sand dune you must overcome before you reach the beach. For people who are... read more

Reviewed 19 December 2017
Tinei S
Sydney, Australia
Hot hot hot

Gorgeous spot to explore but do wear shoes! The sand dune to get past is quite large and the black... read more

Reviewed 17 December 2017
Waikato New Zealand
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“wear shoes”(3 reviews)
“low tide”(11 reviews)
“ocean beach”(3 reviews)
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Te Puia Road, Kawhia, New Zealand
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Reviewed 19 December 2017

There is a MASSIVE sand dune you must overcome before you reach the beach. For people who are unfit, this is a workout BUT once you reach the bottom, it is seriously worth it. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes. I was wearing sneakers and...More

2  Thank Tinei S
Reviewed 17 December 2017 via mobile

Gorgeous spot to explore but do wear shoes! The sand dune to get past is quite large and the black sand gets scorching...you can feel it burning through flip flops!! Once on the ocean side it s magnificent...have a swim in the surf(but beware of...More

2  Thank c0mmuter
Reviewed 12 November 2017

The hill getting to the beach is very steep, it sucks. Once your over it tho you'll have the time of your life, relaxing in a hole you dug full of hot water.

Thank parns80
Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

This is a really gorgeous beach to watch the sun set on. The black sand is amazing fine and soft, compared to similar beaches in Hawaii. The sand dune is a bit of a tough hike, but the view is absolutely incredible. It's definitely worth...More

1  Thank ATL_Jacket
Reviewed 1 May 2017

Took a shovel provided by our accommodation. Cool breeze, shallow pool. Hope it doesn't get crowded!

Thank PinkRose97
Reviewed 21 April 2017

Grant will provide spades to dig your own pool at Ocean Beach, nice drive bit of a walk but worth it.

Thank KenC2933
Reviewed 1 March 2017

In researching our trip we discovered that Kawhai has its own hot water beach so we decided to have a hot water spa for Christmas. He promised to dig me one as my present but there are a few limitations. Firstly the tide needs to...More

10  Thank soloavo
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

We finally found hot water beach and trapped over the very large sand dune. There were a few people on the beach but not many. I watched other people dig thier hole and they dug a big circle and left a large wall before digging...More

1  Thank Aussie20142014
Reviewed 12 January 2017

Having found out when low tide was, we took the short drive from Kawhia to the beach. (2 hours either side of low tide is best) A short walk over a sand dune to the beach, and we could see the two markers on the...More

Thank Camping_Cleggs
Reviewed 3 January 2017

A charming place, off the beaten tracks, we loved the black sand. We were there at high tide , so could not experience the hot water, but had a great time anyway!! Do not miss the fish and chips, and amazing ice cream at the...More

Thank Isabelle J
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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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