Hot Water Beach
Hot Water Beach, on the east coast of the Coromandel, is one of New Zealand’s most iconic beaches.
While the beach itself might look like a great place to explore, it is the hive of activity that happens beneath the surface that makes it so special. Below the sand, natural hot water from two underground reservoirs of volcanic heated water, bubble and filter to the surface where Hot Water Beach comes into contact with the Pacific Ocean.
You can create your very own Jacuzzi, right on the edge of the ocean, by digging a custom hole in the sand. All you need is a spade, a swimming costume and a beach towel (you can take your own spade or hire one from a local café). Hot Water Beach is reached by foot via a small stream and this special activity can only be experienced one to two hours before or after low tide. Due to the nature of the powerful ocean, swimming at Hot Water Beach is not advised.
Top Tip: With the underground water temperatures at Hot Water Beach known to reach a maximum of 64°C (147°F) an area close to the ocean is a great spot to create your custom spa, giving you the option of having cooler water from the Pacific mix with the hot water below.