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.