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 hot on the surface but is actually cold further down. The black sand is very hot from the sun, so wear shoes and have a beach shelter or something to sit on when you are not in the water. The view across the beach is stunning and was really relaxing sitting in the warm water and watching the ocean waves roll in. The beach is easy to find and about a 5mim drive from Kawhia town. There are basic toilets at the carpark, and an outdoor shower to rinse off the sand, otherwise there are no other facilities there.
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