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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.
  • Excellent49%
  • Very good32%
  • Average14%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“your feet” (61 reviews)
Ocean Beach Road, Hot Water Beach, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My husband and I visited this as recommended by lots of people. Ensure you go 2 hours either side of low tide. You can hire a spade at hotties for $5 just by the beach. Top tip dug a little if not hot move on,...More

Thank Amanda H
Reviewed 5 days ago

For us, this place was once-in-a-lifetime experience. We were advised that the hot springs were accessible for 2 hours either side of low tide. We arrived 4 hours before low tide, on a weekday, and even then the car park was starting to fill up....More

Thank mekydro
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting beach. Lots of people so need to try and get a good spot early. Also note the water is really, really hot so need to check areas first particularly with little kids.

Thank bfreisler
Reviewed 1 week ago

We didn't spend a huge amount of time there, but we were so glad we visited. What an amazing phenomena. The water in some parts was too hot to touch, whereas others barely felt warm. I think it's a matter of luck getting the right...More

Thank iancT4518RP
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's an unique place to visit. You should check the low tide time and then visit this place, otherwise you won't be able to enjoy the hot water. There is a good parking facility and showers are also available near parking area.

Thank Maithili S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well worth visiting just to see the hot water come up through the sand, and it is hot! Get a spade a dig your own pool or simply walk along the rest of the beach to get away from the crowds.

Thank R4546JUrichards
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came two hours after dead low tide is an easy walk from main car park plenty of facilities showers and a coffee shop. Stroll across the small stream and look 👀 for the crowd. No need to have a shovel depending on time of day...More

Thank Mark D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nature is a wonderful thing...hot,hot, hot water on the beach when it is 16 degrees air temperature? Nothing better. Our day on the Cormandel Peninsula was wet and grey but we believed the hype and figured it wouldn't matter once we got to the beach....More

1  Thank Nicky S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is the most amazing place on earth...2 hrs before & after low tide a wondrous thing happens the beach turns into a giant spa....feel with your feet the hot & cold spots & start digging (they hire out shovels up in shop) or in...More

1  Thank Anne W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

By time you pay to rent a shovel and trek across a stream and beach to get to pools are.....you are expecting something special! Be careful not to scald your feet! Some pools when just dug are dangerously hot! Can be somewhat crowded with tourists.

Thank Margarita2008
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22 March 2017|
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Response from Emmajury | Reviewed this property |
Tides are different every day. Just look the tide times up.
12 September 2016|
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Response from alannevillenz | Reviewed this property |
Not really sure. Different beaches have different rules. Have never seen a dog there but best to check the web-site.
28 August 2016|
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Response from krisn2boys | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it is in the North Island about 30 minutes from Whitianga