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The Coromandel Peninsula is renowned for its long summer, sparkling sun, the bluest of sea and white sand. Beautiful coves and bays adorn the eastern coastline, offering safe and spectacular beach playgrounds.
At Hot Water Beach, just south of Hahei, there is something very unique to enjoy. For the 2 hours each side of low tide, hot water seeps up through the sand on the beach, offering the perfect opportunity for a hot pool soak.
The easiest way to create your own pool is to rent a spade from the Hot Water Beach shop for $5, draw straws amongst your group to decide who is the best digger and start having fun. Pick your spot along the beach, mark out your swimming pool perimeter and dig down just far enough to create hot water pools to languish in.
It's not elegant, but it is a lot of fun. When you get too hot, it's just a short stroll to the shoreline where gentle ocean waves are perfect for cooling off. The beach is kid friendly and you'll find the children will love building sandcastles and doing all the usual beach things as well as enjoy their own hot pool. It's great in the summer, but can get a bit crowded, so if you're in the area during the spring or autumn you'll find fewer people, more space and the water is just as hot. Parking is also a lot easier.
When it's time to go, you can wash off the sand at the cold water shower outside the shop and return your spade. The shop also has useful items for sale such as sunhats, sunglasses, jandels, swimwear, even surfboard rental.
Whether you are a family, a group of friends or a couple, you'll find a pool just the perfect size. Because the digging is up to you - it's worth the effort!