You cannot leave the Coromandel area without arming yourself with a spade and partaking in this unique and bizarre beach experience.
As you’ll see from my photos, a dark autumn’s night at Coromandel’s Hot Water Beach is not the best place for photo opportunities. It is best experiencing the hot water springs of Hot Water Beach through your own burning skin.
With the water temperature reaching 64ºC, this beach is situated above volcanic reservoirs that release water to the surface. Two hours either side of a low tide will give you time to dig your own hot pool. For us Kiwi Experience bus members, we were able to borrow a few spades for free at our accommodation: Hot Water Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park – a very nice dorm room setup FYI, more on that later…
… Anyway, Hot Water Beach. Although it is pretty tough to dig a deep pool, you might find a shallow pool is all you need to get some cool air.
If your low tide is at night, look out for glowworms along the path to the beach. This was my first sighting of glowworms, so it was amazing to see those blue fairy lights. For more glowworm action see Waitomo Caves.