Hot Water Beach
Hot Water Beach
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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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  • Himmanshu S Jaswal
    Noida, India9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The most amazing experience.
    Hot Water Beach is a unique and popular tourist attraction in Rotorua, New Zealand. It is located on the shores of Lake Tarawera, and is known for its natural hot springs that bubble up through the sand at low tide. To experience the hot springs, you will need to dig a hole in the sand at low tide. The depth of the hole will depend on how hot you want the water to be. The water can be anywhere from 40 to 60 degrees Celsius (104 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit). Once you have dug your hole, you can sit back and enjoy the warm water. The hot springs are said to have therapeutic properties, and many people believe that they can help to relieve pain and stiffness. In addition to the hot springs, Hot Water Beach is also a beautiful spot to relax and enjoy the scenery. The beach is surrounded by native bush, and there are often dolphins and whales swimming in the lake. Here are some tips for visiting Hot Water Beach: Visit at low tide. This is when the hot springs are most accessible. Bring a shovel. You will need this to dig your hole. Wear old clothes. The sand can be muddy and wet. Be careful not to get burned. The water can be very hot, especially in the deeper holes. Be respectful of the environment. Do not litter or damage the sand dunes. Overall, Hot Water Beach is a fun and unique experience that is worth adding to your New Zealand itinerary. Just be sure to plan your visit carefully and follow the tips above to make the most of it. Here are some additional things to consider when visiting Hot Water Beach: The best time to visit is during the summer months (December to February), when the weather is warm and sunny. The beach is open 24 hours a day, but the best time to go is at low tide, which is usually around 11am to 2pm. There is a small parking fee at the beach. There are a few cafes and souvenir shops near the beach. You can also book a guided tour of Hot Water Beach. I hope this helps!
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 September 2023
  • John M
    3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An interesting place
    The black sands are a bit different from the normal beach. Fortunately we arrived in a gap in the weather so the trip and lunch on the beach was well worth it. The road for the last few miles made for interesting driving but was all part of the" remote show". Well worth a visit
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 September 2023
  • David W
    Wookey Hole, United Kingdom58 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hot Water Beach - weird & wonderful
    What a bizarre and wonderful place. Hot water bubbles up in certain places on the beach so you can dig a pool and wallow in the hot water. Then cool off in the sea. But be careful- the water is very hot in some places. You need to be there within a 4 hour window around low tide or the hot water area in under the waves. You can hire a shovel to dug your pool for equivalent of £5. Very amusing to see a lot of people digging away on the beach in search of the hot water.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 January 2024
  • Heidimoe
    83 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful beach, with fun and unique hot spring experience.
    What a fun and unique experience. Go early to beat the crowds. Best to visit at low tide. If you visit at high tide you won't get to experience the hot springs. Be sure to take a shovel so you can dig your natural hot tub!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 February 2024
  • Dave
    Sheffield, United Kingdom129 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beach Stop!
    Crazy beautiful beach..you really don't need a spade to enjoy the thermals, just find a spot and wiggle your feet, won't be long before your running into the sea to cool them down🤪. Be careful in the sea, it was really wild at waist deep! i lost my sunglasses to it😞. The car park that's close by was 4$ an hour when we were there in Feb..and it's camera controlled so note when you need to leave!
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 March 2024
  • Graham M
    Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom370 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An unusual and fun experience
    Tips 1 There are three car parks. The first is free (500m walk), the others charge and are nearer. 2 Take a spade with a metal blade and a wooden shaft. Kids spades are no good. 3 Arrive about 30 to 60 minutes before low tide. Pick an early morning ride if at all possible to beat the crowds. 4 Walk along the beach near the hot water area (where the crowd is or where the sand has been dug, icy out are early). You can feel the very hot water running down the beach k to the sea. Dig your pool upstream from a hot water steam, if possible. 5 When you dig your pool, build a wall on the sea side of the pool to protect it from incoming tide. 6 Enjoy but be careful not to scald yourself It’s the closest you are likely to get to a thermal experience.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 March 2024
  • Julia @Scrumptious Solent
    Southampton, United Kingdom4,164 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely long beach
    Great place to people watch as everyone tries to dig a hole to sit in to enjoy the hot water being pushed up from underground heated rocks. Some pools are too hot to sit in (you can see the steam rising from the sand) whereas others are nice like luke warm tea! It’s only a small part of the beach that has the hot water area, the rest of the reach is largely empty and enjoyed by walkers or surfers. You can walk a long way even at high tides- but if you want to dig then you need to be here either one hour before or one hour after low tide. And bring a sturdy spade!!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 March 2024
  • Rob S
    Gold Coast, Australia1,218 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small hot water area
    Be warned - the hot water part of Hot Water Beach is in a small section of around 50m in front of the rocky headland. Nobody tells visitors that as you futilely wander the beach, shovel in hand. The hot water area can get crowded and the sand is so soaked in water it is impossible to build pools. Caution, the water can be rather hot.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 March 2024
  • Malcolm
    Yealmpton, United Kingdom275 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must do activity in NZ
    A brilliant experience. We arrived 30min before low tide. Got two spades from Top10 Campsite and used them to dig a hole. Because it is June, perhaps, the beach was not busy. The water was amazing, actually too hot to stand in at times. We sat and wallowed in the hot water, then went for a lovely refreshing swim in the sea.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 June 2024
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Malcolm
Yealmpton, UK275 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
A brilliant experience. We arrived 30min before low tide. Got two spades from Top10 Campsite and used them to dig a hole. Because it is June, perhaps, the beach was not busy. The water was amazing, actually too hot to stand in at times. We sat and wallowed in the hot water, then went for a lovely refreshing swim in the sea.
Written 4 June 2024
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Rob S
Gold Coast, Australia1,218 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Be warned - the hot water part of Hot Water Beach is in a small section of around 50m in front of the rocky headland.
Nobody tells visitors that as you futilely wander the beach, shovel in hand.
The hot water area can get crowded and the sand is so soaked in water it is impossible to build pools.
Caution, the water can be rather hot.
Written 13 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Julia @Scrumptious Solent
Southampton, UK4,164 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Great place to people watch as everyone tries to dig a hole to sit in to enjoy the hot water being pushed up from underground heated rocks. Some pools are too hot to sit in (you can see the steam rising from the sand) whereas others are nice like luke warm tea!

It’s only a small part of the beach that has the hot water area, the rest of the reach is largely empty and enjoyed by walkers or surfers.

You can walk a long way even at high tides- but if you want to dig then you need to be here either one hour before or one hour after low tide. And bring a sturdy spade!!
Written 13 March 2024
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Graham M
Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK370 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Tips
1 There are three car parks. The first is free (500m walk), the others charge and are nearer.
2 Take a spade with a metal blade and a wooden shaft. Kids spades are no good.
3 Arrive about 30 to 60 minutes before low tide. Pick an early morning ride if at all possible to beat the crowds.
4 Walk along the beach near the hot water area (where the crowd is or where the sand has been dug, icy out are early). You can feel the very hot water running down the beach k to the sea. Dig your pool upstream from a hot water steam, if possible.
5 When you dig your pool, build a wall on the sea side of the pool to protect it from incoming tide.
6 Enjoy but be careful not to scald yourself It’s the closest you are likely to get to a thermal experience.
Written 12 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Dave
Sheffield, UK129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Crazy beautiful beach..you really don't need a spade to enjoy the thermals, just find a spot and wiggle your feet, won't be long before your running into the sea to cool them down🤪.
Be careful in the sea, it was really wild at waist deep! i lost my sunglasses to it😞.
The car park that's close by was 4$ an hour when we were there in Feb..and it's camera controlled so note when you need to leave!
Written 10 March 2024
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Heidimoe
North Bend83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
What a fun and unique experience. Go early to beat the crowds. Best to visit at low tide. If you visit at high tide you won't get to experience the hot springs. Be sure to take a shovel so you can dig your natural hot tub!
Written 8 February 2024
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Christopher R
38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Beautiful part of the world. We stayed in accommodation looking down on the beach called Hotvue. Superb location and facilities.
Written 26 January 2024
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David W
Wookey Hole, UK58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
What a bizarre and wonderful place. Hot water bubbles up in certain places on the beach so you can dig a pool and wallow in the hot water. Then cool off in the sea.
But be careful- the water is very hot in some places.
You need to be there within a 4 hour window around low tide or the hot water area in under the waves.
You can hire a shovel to dug your pool for equivalent of £5.
Very amusing to see a lot of people digging away on the beach in search of the hot water.
Written 12 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Luc S
Terrebonne, Canada1,688 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Friends
The beach is nice, but the water is really not hot, only if you dig a hole ( what a lot of people do) you would have hot water. nice place to try surf.
Written 3 January 2024
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Mitul P
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Outstanding beach! Very cool to feel the hot water under your feet and cold ocean water on top! Worth renting the spade!
Written 1 December 2023
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