Hot Water Beach, Hot Water Beach

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One of New Zealand's most unusual beaches, Hot Water Beach gets its name from the underground hot springs that filter up through the sand here. In the four-hour low tide period, visitors to the beach dig into the sand to allow hot water to reach the surface and create their own thermal spa pools. Don't worry if you haven't brought a shovel--you can buy or rent one from the nearby surf shop. Please exercise caution at all times as the hot springs sit close to the sea and bathers can be caught unawares by large waves even at low tide. Use our Hot Water Beach trip itinerary builder app to add Hot Water Beach and other attractions to your Hot Water Beach vacation plans.
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  • Another iconic New Zealand "hot spot." Great beach and worth the visit. We arrivd as the tide was nearly out on a very cold morning at around 8.30pm. The sun was out but a bitter wind was blowing...  more »
  • Great fun. Choose your ‘window’ of time based on the tides, grab a spade of your own or hire one for $10 beside the beach. A short walk to the area of hot thermal activity under the sand and dig...  more »

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