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Ever fancied lying in a private hot pool on a beach, created by your own two hands or watching while he gets to grips with a spade for the lucky ones among us? If you’re wanting to add something unique to your trip to New Zealand, head to Hot Water Beach on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula in both Summer or Winter to relax and become enveloped by the rising steam from this natural geothermal attraction.
Hot Water Beach rests on an underground river of heated water from the depths of the earth to the Pacific Ocean surface, between Tairua and Whitianga, resulting in two hot springs which can be discovered two hours either side of low tide with the help of a spade. Families and couples can be found creating their own private pools on this otherwise secluded beach before the tide washes them away ready for its next visitors. This special stretch of white beach can be accessed by taking State Highway 25 to Whenuakite, staying on the main road before taking a right to the beach as sign posted.
Further to being a great surfing, diving and fishing spot, Hot Water Beach also boasts numerous cafes and galleries including the Moko Artspace which showcases a collection of New Zealand made products from distinctive one off art pieces to a selection of ‘Kiwiana’ contemporary gifts. A 5-minute drive away offers the two-hour return walk into the world famous marine reserve of Cathedral Cove, with access to Gemstone Bay and Mares Leg. The car park can be accessed at the west end of Hahei Beach, one of the most beautiful and dramatic in New Zealand, named after the Maori Chief Hei. An interesting walk to the Maori Pa site can also be explored at the Southern end.
Cathedral Cove is an example of nature at its best with intricate caves, unspoiled rainforest, underwater arches, pristine white sand and waters ideal for swimming and snorkelling. A must see landmark with breathtaking views and rich marine wildlife, it is no wonder this is a favourite wedding spot for many couples and film location for the Narnia films. For those seeking further adventure, scenic boat trips, kayaking and scuba diving are available along Hahei, providing something for everyone.
This idyllic pocket of New Zealand is diverting enough in views alone, but if you’re looking for the whole package out of your trip, Hot Water Beach and the surrounding attractions of the Coromandel earn a title as both paradise and playground. With so much on offer, a trip of a few days might well turn into a week.
The GO team
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