Discover the Magic of Hot Water Beach in Coromandel: Tips for a Family Visit

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Aerial view of hot water beach at Coromandel

Hot Water Beach in Coromandel, New Zealand is a unique destination that attracts visitors from all over the world. Located on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula, this stunning beach is renowned for its hot springs, which bubble up through the sand.

sign at hotwater beachThe sign confirmed we arrived at the right beach.

Hot Water Beach can be visited all year round, but the best time to visit is during low tide. This is when the hot springs are exposed, and you can dig your own personal hot pool.

Plan to be there 2 hours before or after low tide for the optimal experience. Check for the local tide times.

Parking is available in three locations: main beach carpark, Te Waiwai carpark, and the Main Store carpark (fees may apply).

Be aware that the beach can get crowded during peak season, so arriving early is recommended.

crossing stream hot water beach
We had a small stream to cross on our way down the beach.
walking hot water beach
Now time to head down to the location we saw on the map to dig.

You can rent a spade from the local shops if you don’t have one. Luckily for us, the place we stayed supplied us with our shovel (or “spade”) when we told them our plans for Hot Water Beach.

starting dig hot water beach
Anxious to dig for our hot water spa, our first location we chose turned out to be incorrect.

Finding the correct location should be easy. Once tracking the beach about 1/8 of a mile, you will see a gathering of people digging in the sand near the rocks at the southern end. Everyone was friendly and excited to share this adventure.

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We finally found the right location near the outcropping of rocks.

A hot underground river flows from within the earth, emerging into the Pacific Ocean. During low tide, the underground river is close to the sandy surface. Everyone took turns digging this pit before a larger wave would come and wash away the progress.

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Digging our very own natural hot spa in the sands of Coromandel, New Zealand.
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The new location started pouring out hot water right away!

The created hot pools are washed away during the ebb and flows of tides, making a solidly smooth platform for new visitors to encounter.

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The natural wonder of Hot Water Beach in Coromandel was a great experience for our family.

We loved “discovering” and exploring Hot Water Beach. The only thing we regret is not being prepared with swimming gear to submerge ourselves into our dug spa. I would highly adding this stop to your itinerary while visiting Coromandel add it to the “must do” list of Kiwi experiences.

Tips for Families visiting Hot Water Beach

Hot Water Beach is a great destination for families. However, it’s important to take some precautions to ensure that everyone stays safe. Here are some tips for families visiting Hot Water Beach:

  1. Bring a shovel (aka spade) so you can dig an adequate pool and expose the hot water spring.
  2. Dig a Safe Pool: Make sure that the pool you dig is not too close to the hot water source, as it can get very hot. check the temperature before letting your children in the pool.
  3. Don’t Leave Belongings Unattended: Hot Water Beach can get crowded, so it’s important to keep an eye on your belongings at all times.
  4. Be Respectful of the Environment: Hot Water Beach is a unique and fragile environment. Be sure to dispose of your rubbish properly and respect the natural surroundings.

Hot Water Beach is a must-visit destination for families traveling to New Zealand. With its natural hot springs and stunning beach, it’s a great place to relax and unwind. By following these tips, you can ensure that your visit is safe and enjoyable for the whole family.