Hot Water Beach, Waikato, New Zealand

If you like the idea of a pool and hot tub, you’ll probably like Hot Water Beach.

Located on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula, Hot Water Beach is a favourite tourist attraction in New Zealand.  Fissures beneath the sand carry hot, mineral-rich thermal water to the surface.  At low tide, visitors dig their own private “hot tub” and soak it all in.

Enjoying the restorative waters of Hot Water Beach.

Gorgeous waves and your own hot tub.

Making your own hot tub.

The water can be very hot, so caution is advised. Also, don’t swim beyond the rocks on both side of the beach since they conceal dangerous rip tides. The other thing to keep in mind is to not stay too long–some have gotten caught as the tide rushes back in!

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