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Hot Water Beach

Literally a hot spot on the Coromandel Peninsula

World famous New Zealand beach near Whitianga where unique meets a whole lot of fun! Join the throngs of visitors having a dig in the sand to release the naturally heated mineral water into personally sculpted sand hot pools.

If you are not familiar with what all of the fuss is about then you should seriously grab a spade (or hire one from one of the local shops), check out the low tides. Aim for two hours either side of low tide and get on digging by the rocks not far from the southern Hot Water Beach car park.

You will also be well rewarded with the delight of hot thermal water springing up through the sand into your personally constructed spa pool (of a sandy sort). If you're lucky and have an ideal sense of timing you may even happen across an empty pool or more likely a friendly group willing to share their thermal pool.

It's a pretty sublime experience to sit in one of these pools and to gaze out to the Pacific Ocean which is seriously only a hop skip and jump away if you need to cool off. Hot Water Beach is a great place to swim, boogie board or surf. If you decide to take a dip in the water there can be very strong undertows at this beach so caution should be taken and swim between the flags under the watchful eye of the local surf life saving club.

Some visitors to the beach undertake their pool digging with a sense of order and structure, while others just get into it with unbridled gusto. If you're lucky and have an ideal sense of timing you may happen across an empty pool or more likely a friendly group willing to share their thermal pool.

It's estimated that over 700,000 people visit this unique thermal beach spot each year. You could say Hot Water Beach is the United Nations beach hub in the Southern Hemisphere!

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Hot Water Beach, Coromandel
Postcode 3591

Quick Facts

Named after underground hot springs that filter up through the sand.
35 min (32.8 km) drive from Whitianga
2 hr 25 min (172 km) drive from Auckland
Hot Water Beach, Coromandel


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Hot Water Beach Local Tips

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Getting to Hot Water Beach

You can get to Hot Water Beach by car following SH25, near Whenuakite there is a major intersection, which is well sign posted, turn onto Hot Water Beach Road and this will take you directly to the main parking areas and facilities.
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Where to stay

  • Hot Water Beach Top 10 Holiday Park.
  • Renting a bach is a popular way of enjoying a stay at Hot Water Beach.
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Things to do with kids

Digging a thermal pool, swim at the surf beach or a paddle in the inlet fills up a day of activity quickly. Always swim between the flags and only when the Hot Water Beach Lifeguard Services are present.

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Parking Areas

  • Free car parking area at the main surf car beach park and along the berms next to the pay and display areas.
  • Free disability car park and free 20 minute short term parking next to the Hot Water Beach shop car park.
  • Pay and display parking at the Hot Water Beach shop car park is $4 per hour or $25 per day. The Taiwawe (Bull Paddock) car park is $2 per hour or $15 per day. Payments can be made by cash or credit cards.
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Waste Dumping Stations

  • Hahei Holiday Resort.
  • Hot Water Beach Holiday Park.
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Must do

Visit Hot Water Beach two hours either side of the low tide and head near the rocks at the southern end of the beach and start digging! You need a spade to dig your own hot pool – bring your own or rent one at the local shop.

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Where to grab a bite to eat

Hotwaves Café and gallery is licensed and only a minutes walk from Hotwater Beach.

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Public Toilets (restrooms)

  • Surf Beach
    – Hot Water Beach Rd.
  • Te Waiwawe (Bull Paddock) car park
    – toilets located on track from car park down to beach.
  • Main Beach toilets and change room
    – Pye Place.
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Check the low tide times before setting out – you need low tide to dig your hot pool.

Download and print our Tides PDF file for local tide times. It can be used for Hot Water Beach low tides throughout the whole year, to plan your soak in the pools months ahead of arrival.

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