Hot Water Beach
Dig your own sand jacuzzi
Within two hours either side of low tide visitors flock to Hot Water Beach on the east coast of the Coromandel peninsula to find hot water bubbling up through the golden sand. Families, kids and couples can be seen digging their own jacuzzi in the sand and relaxing in the natural springs.
Check low tide times before turning up or you’ll be frustrated at having to sit around and wait. There are ‘wash off’ showers and toilets at the carpark, plus a cafe and digging spades for hire.
Hot Water Beach can get incredibly crowded over holiday periods so pick your time to go. If you’re not into the full-on experience, just dig your bare feet into the warm sands for plenty of enjoyment.
Hot Water Beach is 32km southwest of Whitianga and 23km north of Tairua.