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Hot Water Beach

Listed under Beaches in North Island, New Zealand.

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“I think we’re going to need a bigger spade.” Bring a proper gardening spade when visiting Hot Water Beach because for two hours on either side of the tide you can dig yourself a spa. After you have dug your spa sized hole it will fill from below with fresh warm water creating your own personal ocean side hot tub with a view on one side of the Pacific Ocean and on the other sharp cliffs and pohutukawa trees. The science: An underground river carrying hot water runs just under the beach, it’s mouth just off shore and at the right point in the tide you can enjoy it before it makes it out to sea. Check the tide times to make sure your not left with just a great sandy beach and beautiful view.

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The sheltered waters of Hahei on New Zealand's Coromandel Peninsula offer a mix of ocean environments. Visitors can build there own natural hot tub by digging a hole in the sand at Hot Springs Beach or walk along the cavern at Cathedral Cove when the tide is low enough. The beautiful Marine Reserve is home to excellent scuba and snorkeling. In peak tourist season the population increases to three times the regular size.

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