Hot Water Beach

Hot Water Beach is a beach located on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsuala, New Zeland, about 12 kilometres south east of Whitianga, and 175 kilometres from Auckland by car. The name of the beach comes from "hot springs" produced by the emergence of geothermally heated groundwater from the Earth's crust. The water temperature can reach 147°F. The hot springs emerge only at low tide, so it is possible to dig the hole and have your own spa in the thermal water. Many visitors bring a spade or a shovel and bucket with them. Spades can also be hired from the nearby surf shop.

The beach is a popular destination both for locals and tourists visiting New Zealand. For surfers, Hot Water Beach has good beach breaks in moderate easterly swells, however the presence of strong undertows means this beach is often dangerous for swimming.

This post is taken from www.DreaCoasts.com

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