A voted one of the top 10 beaches in the world for holidays, hot Water Beach is a unique attraction and recreation place on mercury bay, Nz, where you can dig your own hot water pool in a matter of minutes.
A visit to New Zealand is not complete without soaking in a hot pool you have created with your own hands – at the world renowned Hot Water Beach. Naturally heated mineral water bubbles up from deep within the earth to emerge through the sand at the appropriately named Hot Water Beach. Hot Water Beach is a popular geothermal attraction located on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand, approximately twelve km southeast of Whitianga. Between low and high tides, warm water from two underground hot springs rises up through the sand, and by scooping a shallow hole, you can create a small pool of warm water to lie on.
Hot Water Beach is on the East Coast of the Coromandel Peninsula. It is up the coast from the popular beaches of Pauanui and Tairua. If you travel along HW25 going north you will come to the turn off on your right for Hot Water Beach and Hahei, take this and go along for a few miles before taking another turn right which will take you to your distination.
In-the-know visitors to this best New Zealand beach candidate pack shovels and arrive around two hours before or after low tide. That’s so they can dig a hole at the tide line and relax in a personal, natural hot springs spa — at least until the tide comes up and the waves end the fun. The coastal springs are unique, and the water that burbles up is full of healthy minerals — calcium, magnesium, potassium.
During peak season, hundreds of people—especially families—take to the beach armed with spade and bucket, and start digging pools large enough to lay in while the warm water envelops them. The deeper you dig, the hotter the water becomes. With temperature reaching as high as a scalding 64°C, diggers often dig a channel to the sea to allow cold water to mix in. With the ebb and flow of the tide each individually created hot pool is washed away, paving the way for the next influx of visitors.
Hot Water Beach Activities things to do and attractions
Hot Water Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park is settled in a sheltered microclimate where you can dive for crayfish, enjoy fishing, kayaking, swimming and of course take advantage of the Hot Water Beach pools! Two hours either side of low tide underground, natural hot springs filter up the sand – take a spade and dig your own hot pool!
If you have ever contemplated surfing, then Hot Water Beach is a great place to learn over summer. With awesome Coromandel breaks (and hot pools to dig and soak in afterwards) the Hot Water Beach Surf School is set up to teach you the easiest way to learn to surf. Surfing is a great activity for both your body and your soul. Hot Water beach on the Coromandel is the ideal place for learning to surf with often gentle swells coming in from the Pacific Ocean, and a bending beach with many different sand beaches that build up along this stunning beach.
Orakawa Bay Walk
Orakawa Bay walk is a must do while staying in Waihi and Waihi Beach. The track climbs to stunning views of the Pacific Coast Ocean and winds along the coastal ridge and through tunnels of native bush.
Moko – Artspace
Make sure you take time out to visit Moko – Artspace at Hot Water Beach, which houses New Zealand and Pacific Style arts including jewellery, designware, wall art and sculpture.
Coromandel Coastal Walkway
The walkway is from Fletcher Bay to Stony Bay located at the very top of the peninsula. Alternatively the walk can be done in reverse.
Hauraki Rail Trail
The Hauraki Rail Trail is a 3 day ride for most or a 2-day ride for those fit cyclists, making it an ideal long weekend or weekend experience.
Perfect Hot Water Beach Accommodation – Hotels, resorts
Hot Water Beach TOP 10 is a family owned and operated Holiday Park and located just 700 metres from one of the top surf beaches on the stunning Coromandel Peninsula.
Your Coromandel holiday park accommodation has a wide range of choices. From the Deluxe Family Villas, Deluxe Villas, Two or Three Bedroom Motel, Ensuite Units, Deluxe Cabins, Standard Cabins, Backpacker Lodge, through to Powered and Non Powered sites. Most of our well-sheltered sites are 10m x 10m, so there is plenty of room for all your camping gear – even the boat!
Toru Lodge Retreat
Toru Lodge Retreat is a brand new, spacious and comfortable executive rental completed in 2011 and ready for visitors to enjoy. This 3 bedroom, Hot Water Beach property is 1 of 2 identical fully interior designed lodges, set in 60 acres of Wetlands, only a short five minute drive from exquisite Hot Water Beach and beautiful Hahei.
Hahei Holiday Resort
Located within 100 metres of Hahei Beach, Hahei Holiday Resort offers self-contained accommodation with free on-site parking. All accommodation offers cooking facilities and a patio or balcony. Guests enjoy BBQ facilities and a children’s playground. Hahei Holiday Resort is 5 minutes’ drive from Cathedral Cove. It is 10 minutes’ drive from Hot Water Beach. There are several shops and restaurants 7 minutes’ walk away in Hahei. All accommodation offers a fully equipped kitchen or kitchenette, a dining setting and outdoor seating. Each has a lounge area with a sofa and a flat-screen TV. Some accommodation boasts a spa bath.
Top Motel Hot Water Beach
A visit to New Zealand is not complete without soaking in a hot pool you have created with your own hands. Located just 700 metres from Hot Water Beach, our brand new motel unit is designed for those that want a little more comfort. With a choice of a 1, 2 or 3 bedroom unit, this motel has a spacious dining and lounge area. The kitchen is fully equipped with dishwasher, microwave and oven. You will be able to sit back and relax with the 42 inch TV, or enjoy a BBQ outside on the large deck designed to make your holiday a more enjoyable experience. Get away from it all, enjoy the beach and the relaxed atmosphere.
Saftey tips and Surfing warnings
Of course, safety is a concern at Hot Water Beach. The hot springs aren’t really too far away from the sea even at low tide. Large breaking waves can harm visitors if they aren’t alert at all times. Swimmers are also advised not to swim within 50 m either side of the off-shore rocks opposite the springs. If the safety precautions are followed, Hot Water Beach can be a real fun place to hangout. And the best part – entry is absolutely. Surfing is the best things at the beach but surfers need to care about the high tides.