Six people, four shovels, one fine hot tub, and a random German guy

Our last weekend with Alli took us out to the Coromandel Peninsula, where we paid a visit to the legendary Hot Water Beach.

It was a fairly odd sight when we first got there: A bunch of people gathered on the beach, standing around with shovels.  What we were waiting for was perfect timing.  As soon as our boys started digging, everyone started digging, and within 20 minutes or so (and with the help of a random German guy who decided to join our party), Brendon, Brandon, and Mark had dug us a nice hot pool to sit in.

It’s a weird phenomenon, Hot Water Beach.  This hot water bubbles up from beneath the sand due to volcanic activity below the earth’s surface.

Water reaches up to 75ºC, so it is HOT.  Sometimes a wave of hot water would come that would send you screaming from your seat.  When the hot water mixed with the cool water from the ocean, though, it was real nice, let me tell you.

We soaked in our natural hot pool, along with 40 other people, some which had dug their own pools, and others who came and mooched off the hard work of the rest of us, for about an hour and a half until a combination of the falling rain and the tide taking down our restraining walls sent us in to seek a warm and dry refuge.

Going to the hot water beach was a pretty awesome and unique experience, and one we would definitely recommend for anyone planning to visit NZ.  There’s just nothing quite like digging a hole, and sitting around in it with friends and a bunch of other strangers until the lapping ocean waves crash your fun.

You have to time it just right so that you hit it up during the crucial 2-hour window, beginning one hour before and ending one hour after low tide.  A soak in the hot mineral water has health benefits too; natural minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, fluorine, bromine, silica, and mineral salt help soothe aching muscles and joints, improve circulation and breathing and reduce stress.  Where else can you go to a beach, dig a hole, and enjoy a steaming hot spa pool?  Why, Hot Water Beach, of course.

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