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Hot Water Beach

Wednesday, 22 November 2006 : Filed under: Coromandel E-Mail This Article

Hot Water Beach
Sunbathers dig baths at Hot Water Beach on Coromandel Peninsula.

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Comment by josh — November 22, 2006 @ 4:44 am

The second day of our camping trip, after packing up camp, we headed south for the Hot Water Beach. When we arrived, we found out that the entire beach is not hot water. Rather there are hot water springs under the sand. You can rent a shovel or use your hands to dig out a hole to hold the hot water coming up from the sand. The water is extremely hot. It can get up to 65C, which is too hot to stay in for more than a second. The goal is to dig a large pit and get a good mixture of hot water and ocean water. Then sit and relax.

I have added a map of the North Island so you can see where things are located.

Comment by Chris Clark — November 22, 2006 @ 7:50 am

From the Hot Water Beach website on what to bring: “Beach gear, of course! Bathing suit (tops ARE optional 8ยท) and sandals”

Josh did you go topless?

Comment by josh — November 22, 2006 @ 4:39 pm

What is the Hot Water Beach website? I was indeed topless.

Comment by Chris Clark — November 22, 2006 @ 6:58 pm

I dunno if its official but seems to be.

http://www.mercurybay.co.nz/activities/hotwaterbeach.php

Comment by Louise Shimon — November 26, 2006 @ 1:04 pm

Good for you to be topless, Josh! Did you see very many women that were topless? Or any? When we were in Italy we went to a beach. Awhile later I asked Bill if he saw any topless women. He very casually said, “Only two.” !!!

I enjoyed looking at the Hot Water Beach web site.

Comment by josh — November 27, 2006 @ 12:04 am

No, I had no idea it was tops optional until Chris mentioned it.

Comment by greg — June 2, 2007 @ 12:27 am

“I had no idea it was tops optional until Chris mentioned it.”

A wise answer :>

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