New Zealand: Hot Water Beach, Coromandel Peninsula
During my travels to the North Island of New Zealand this year I made my first ever trip to Hot Water Beach on the tip of the Coromandel Peninsula.This beach is truly unique due to two volcanic mineral springs beneath the beach that push heated water up through the sand. Near the rocks at the southern end of the beach you can dig a hole in the spring area to create your own personal hot tub in the beach sand!
I would recommend that you arrive during the two hours on either side of low tide. This is when the tide is low enough to expose the area of sand where the hot water springs are emerging.
Bring a shovel with you to dig your tub. You can rent shovels for the day at most nearby cafes and hotels.
This beach seemed to attract a healthy mix of kiwis and vacationers alike.
If you head north from the hot water area, the beach curves east around a headland which provides nice sheltered areas and soft sand.
Hot Water beach is not a swimming beach due to strong undertows and I would only recommend that strong experienced swimmers venture out into the surf.
There are some great cafe’s nearby in Hahei, where the holiday park and hike to Cathedral Cove are located.
Parking is available in three locations: The Main Beach carpark, Te Waiwai carpark and the Main Store carpark. Note, fees may apply at the Main Store carpark.
If you plan to visit the Coromandel Peninsula, Hot Water beach is a “Must See” destination.