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Hot Water Beach at Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand

Jacuzzi is nothing comparing to caressing underground springs gushing out of the dug up sand pools

Best time: June–August

Hot Water Beach at Coromandel Peninsula
Hot Water Beach at Coromandel Peninsula
Hot Water Beach at Coromandel Peninsula

Hot Water Beach of the Coromandel Peninsula draws nearly 700,000 visitors annually including local population and tourists. They come to soak and relax in hot water pools they dig up themselves in the sand on the beach. The pools fill up with thermal waters coming up from the hot underground springs that appeared thanks to the volcanic past of surrounding hills. The hot springs are accessible only in the periods between low and high tide. Winter season is considered to be ​the best time for enjoying​ the natural spa.

Practical info

What is the best time to go to Hot Water Beach?

The winter months, from June to August, are the optimal period to visit Hot Water Beach. They have cooler sand temperatures, making it easier to create pools. These months also have fewer people than the peak season. It is vital to check the tides as they impact when the springs are accessible. Show more

Is there any charge to create hot water pools?

Creating a hot water pool is entirely free of charge. Tools may be rented, but they are not necessary. It is also recommended to dig during the low tide window and to monitor any holes when leaving the beach. Visitors can also access the hot springs from the Kuaotunu end of the beach. Show more

What precautions must one take when enjoying the hot water pools?

Since the temperature of the water in the hot water pools can rise to 64°C (147°F), visitors must be cautious. It's critical to monitor the water's temperature and avoid soaking near the thermal outlets. While digging, one must avoid being too close to the ocean since waves come in rapidly and can fill the pool. It is essential not to stay in the water for more than 30 minutes to prevent overheating and dehydration. Show more

Are there other naturally occurring hot springs similar to Hot Water Beach on Coromandel Peninsula?

Numerous natural hot springs are present throughout the Coromandel Peninsula. Some noteworthy ones are the Cathedral Cove Hot Water Beach and Spa, Thermal Springs in Miranda, and Lost Spring in Whitianga. However, Hot Water Beach remains the most prominent and unique natural spa attraction in the region. Show more

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