With a spade and a small amount of effort, a couple of hours either side of high tide, provides you with your own geothermal heated spa pool. This natural upwelling of geothermal water rising from deep below the sand combined with one of the worlds most beautiful beaches makes Hot Water Beach makes this the most famous New Zealand natural springs.
Getting there: Along New Zealand's Pacific coast and just south of Mercury Bay at the northeast tip of the Coromandel Peninsula. It is up the coast from the popular beaches of Pauanui and Tairua.
Safety: The hot springs are located not far from the sea so even at low tide you can get caught unaware by the large breaking waves. The Beach is also known for its dangerous rip currents and signs at the beach advise swimmers not to swim within 50 meters either side of the off-shore rocks (opposite the springs).