12 Rankers Reviews
1 Thermal Pools
Kawhia, a super relaxed small beach side town that has natural hot springs along the main beach. Two hours either side of low tide, geothermally heated water bubbles up through the black sand – you can dig your own bath. To find the springs, walk around the beach from the boat ramp or drive to the end of Te Puia Road and walk over the dunes. There is a camping ground close by as well as a general store.
North Island ▷ Waikato ▷ Kawhia
So cool! And a real mindblower for us foreigners. Dig your feet into the sand at lowtide. Find heat, start digging. Bring or borrow a shovel. Within no time you have a hotpool for two. Very romantic ;) Make sure you find the right spot (straight forward from the walk down to the beach, only low-tide and as far to the sea a you can go without filling up with seawater there are the hottest spots).
! The black sand is magnetic. Cool to bring a magnet.
Build you own hot pools on the beach Was much less popular that the hot beach in Coromandel and we enjoyed the beach on our own. Fantastic view during the early morning!
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Probably the best spot I have found. Far from civilisation, away from the noise, in a natural hot pool with amazing view, and all that for free!! Such good memories.
Eline-Jessica van der Hoeven
Remote hot water beach, Poke your toes in the sand until you find a hot spot and start digging. I have been there several times, not many people know about it.
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Empty beach! Make sure you know the tide schedule before visiting, we came a little late and the tide had almost swallowed the beach.
We drove for ages to get here but missed the springs due to the tide. If you're going to bother going all the way here, be early! 2 hours before low tide and not much later than low tide itself. You will get hot water 1 hour before and 1 hour after. You also need to walk over a large sand dune before you get to the beach. It's at the end of ocean beach road, 5 -10 minutes past the town (nothing was open at 4pm by the way). It's meant to be good, just be on time!
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Find this beautiful place in the little village of Kawhia. Really big beach and nobody there compared to Hot Water Beach in Coromandel.
Hot Water Beach without people, awesome.
Nice quiet beach with fine space to dig a hot water hole, not too many tourists.
Only a short walk over the dunes to get to the beach but don't forget to check the tides before you go...much less crowded than hot water beach at Coromandel. Don't wear your good clothes they may always smell of sulphur afterwards!
Emily and Alex
Black sand beach - take a spade and dig your own hot (and I mean hot!) pool, right on the beach with a great view. Was fantastic!