On Christmas Day Hot Water Beach can be packed and people don’t care how hot the water is!
Photo: Peter Barclay


Coromandel’s Hot Water Beach is a great place to visit any time of year but Spring offers bathers a special opportunity – peace.

In the period from around mid-September to the end of November the beach is still experiences  relatively lower levels of human traffic making it an ideal place to soak up some restful hours.

Here you can dig your own hot bath in the sand at low tide thanks to the natural hot springs beneath the beach and it makes for a convivial social event with your significant other or a group of friends.

Just a little further south, Polynesian Spa – on the edge of Lake Rotorua – has been voted one of the world’s 10 best day spas. Soak off the day’s activities in a steaming, natural thermal pool or succumb to a reinvigorating mud treatment.

When it’s not overloaded, particularly around Christmas,  Hot Water Beach has plenty of parking and some great beach walks available.

This is a beautiful area and the magic of Cathedral Cove is not too far away either if you are looking to spend some time in the area although it is easily possible to do both on a day trip out of Auckland if you start your day early.

The area seems to have a kind of micro-climate of its own and the trip here is especially worthwhile when you know the coast is clear and Auckland’s looking a little overcast.

Hot Water Beach, Coromandel

Only a little further north of Hot Water Beach is a large open bay which is great for swimming and walking.
Photo: Peter Barclay