For two hours either side of low tide at this long beautiful white beach, located between Tairua and Whitianga. a solid sand dig will unearth hot spring water to feed your very own beachside pool. It's common to see flocks of people putting their full force behind their shovels to carve out their place at this prime coastal spot. If you don't have one, you can hire one from the nearby surf shop.
How does it heat up? The white sands hide an underground river of hot water that flows from the Earth’s interior to the surface in this picturesque location. If it gets too hot, dip your toes into the cold water of the pacific ocean only metres away!
Beforehand though, there is a feisty surf beach to explore but the lifeguards recommend that only strong and experienced swimmers enter the water due to the particularly fierce riptide. There is also a long range of cliffs to walk to and Hot Water Beach is near a forest of pohutukawa trees.
Hot Water Beach is a truly unique Kiwi experience and a fantastic family activity. The kids can dig to their hearts content and if they get hungry or thirsty, there is shop which sells ice creams, drinks and sandwiches. There is also a lagoon close to the beach that provides safe warm swimming for families and children. The beach also boasts some cruisy café’s and galleries and is a 5 minute drive to another Coromandel ‘must do’ – the walk into Cathedral Cove which is an archway nature has created through solid rock.
Hot Water Beach is regularly rated in travel experts list of the top ten beaches in the world.
The Coromandel Peninsula