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“Dig your own low tide hot tub”

Kawhia Hot Water Beach
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Kawhia
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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 through a gate then up a 100' (30m) high sand dune (with wild Easter lilies in bloom when we were there in March). The sand is dark brown/ black and can get very (i mean very) HOT. So wear decent shoes. Bring a shovel (the Holiday park we stayed at let you borrow/rent them) and plan to visit around low tide... The deeper a pool/hole you dig... the hotter the water comes up form below... A wonderful and certainly different day at the beach...

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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. Found a good spot pretty quickly and enjoyed a hot bath during sunrise. Beach is just beautiful. By the way, no need to bring your own shovel, at least if you stay at a campground at Kawhia. We got shovels for free on the day we arrived at the campsite (Kawhia Camping Ground - one of the best campsites we stayed at during our entire trip).

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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.

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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 black and has gentle waves. You line up the two poles in your line of sight when you are at the top of the hill and go right down to the waters edge below the tide line. Dig around with your feet until you find an area that is warm a few inches below the surface. We were able to clear out an area to sit in but it doesn't get very deep since the sand keeps collapsing in on itself. The water was about 96 degrees. We would've had more time if we had come a little bit before low tide to finish getting our hole dug while it was still falling. We could only make our holes deep enough to just cover our legs but that was plenty and it was an excellent experience!

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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 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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