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“Go before low tide! ”
Review of Hot Water Beach

Hot Water Beach
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US$207.16*
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Cathedral Cove Day Trip from Auckland
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This world famous beach at the tip of the Coromandel Peninsula contains two volcanic hot water springs that keep the water heated.
Reviewed 2 May 2018 via mobile

We visited this beach at the end of April but needed two attempts to get it right.

The website suggested to go 2 hours each side of low tide. So, first attempt was at 8:30am (low tide was 6:30am). But, this was too late. The tide was coming in fast and no amount of digging was going to revive the one slightly warm spot donated to us. So, we decided to brave the cold water and just go for a swim. Considering the time of year, the water wasn’t that cold. It was beautiful, very clear and in some spots you can feel the warm (or extremely hot) sand on your feet. It’s a strange experience when most of your body feels cold in the water yet the sand is too hot to even stand on.

We returned our shovel thinking we wouldn’t be back. We explored other attractions in the area but decided to return for attempt 2 at 4:30pm (low tide was 7pm). Luckily, the lady from the gallery who we rented a shovel from (cost $10) remembered us from the morning and didnt pay a second time.

There were already a lot of people at the beach sitting comfortably in their holes (at which point I decide the website/tide predictions are wrong). We tried hard to find ourselves some real estate (no luck). But, we were lucky to have a family leave and they offered their spot to us. We quickly realised you can’t dig deep so you end up sitting in shallow warm-boiling water. It was a fascinating experience and my partner enjoyed it more than I did running between the hot and cold. We left after dark when most people were gone so we had the chance to try out a couple areas which became available over time.

Thank Lisa G
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Reviewed 1 May 2018

I've never experienced a beach like this before. Visited in late December & It was really amazing.
Time your visit to arrive 2hours before or 2 hours after low tide. I found parking the biggest difficulty as lots of people arrive around this time. You can bring your own shovel or hire when there. $5 to hire from the life guard station. There is a restaurent and coffee shop nearby also.
It was pretty obvious when I got to the beach where to start digging as there was a group of people all gathered in the same area. And once you get the right spot you can sit back and relax in the lovely warm water.

Thank miccof
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Reviewed 1 May 2018

Never seen such an activity on a beach! People are digging holes all over the place. Good atmosphere, some Americans used our shovels. Our 'hot spot' was not too hot, but just a few feet away steam was coming out of a pool. Is this a must see? Well, if you are in the neighborhood and it is low tide, why not? Especially if you are on holiday, it is a nice attraction!

Thank Jeroen B
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Reviewed 29 April 2018

Taken a spade, take yourself, wander across the beach from the car park, dig some holes, and then you hit it. HOT WATER ! Yes, really hot, too hot to stand in some places, not warm water. The correct area is under a small cliff to the left of the sealed main car park, across the creek. Take care not to get burnt. It IS that hot. Spades may be hired locally, or in some spots you can actually twist your feet down through the sand far enough to get to burning hot water. No matter what you do, enjoy.

1  Thank John M
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Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

So much fun digging a hole for a decent warm pool!

Some of the water is crazy hot so be careful!

Low tide was 20.30 and it was way too dark and cold so we headed down around 5 and still managed to dig a good enough hole.

It was busy but that made it more fun with everyone wanting a chat and laugh!

Thank flisstery
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