Kawhia Springs (Te Puia Springs)
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After a dip in the ocean, enjoy the unusual, a warm bath. Bring your shovel to dig with. Although it is difficult to dig a pool more than about 20 cm deep, the water is pleasantly hot. Temperature varies upon location. A sulphur smell is present, but not overpowering. At the car park, sits an old changing room. A toilet is available, but tap water is not. See directions. [Luke, Hamilton]
Check websites for tide charts. You have two hours on either side of low tide to dig a pool. Take SH 31 to Kawhia. Follow the signs to Ocean beach. From the footpath, head towards the shore, a few metres to the north, not far from the water. Feel around for hot sand or dig your foot in until you find a hot spot. If its not immediately hot, keep sampling around until you find a good spot. Also, look for steam rising. Digging deeper wont help. [Luke, Hamilton]
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- if your description is how to make a hot pool in the sand at Hot Water beach, there is a trick to it. Regardless of which end you get on to the beach, look either north or south for the large rocks that outcrop from the bush line. Always go at HIGH tide not low, at high the tide comes right up to the rocks. THAT IS WHERE the best spot is to dig and make a pool. Forget anywhere else and forget it at low tide
Ted - New Zealand
17th March 2013
- Great! Huge beach at low tide. Only spoilt by small depth of water obtained by quite a bit of digging. But we found a particularly hot spot. Lovely. From the track crossing the immense sand dune walk 2 o'clock direction to the low tide mark. We found a line in the sand not caused by the receeding tide, and followed it to a wet patch in the sand. When lying in the pool you can see bubbles breaking the surface of the wet sand.
Peter & Katherine
Rating: 9/10   9th July 2012
- Beautiful beach off the beaten track. Find a hot spot with your feet dig a hole and jump in - Awesome & FREE
We also stayed @ the Oparau Roadhouse 20 min before the springs - Free Camping, Great Food, fully stocked store and Amazing owners and staff. They went far and beyond their way to make our trip incredible. Thanks for Everything Bill & Brenda
Tim & Sheila Gibbs - Canada
Rating: 10/10   14th April 2012
- Beautiful big black sand beach,definitly worth the trip,the ocean even seems a little warmer to..just like hot water beach but without all the tourist buses,20 mins before the springs you'll hit oparau roadhouse (big yellow building)where you can grab a shovel,good eats,internet,gas, and great people, bill the owner will let you park for the night ,there are tolets and free coffee in the morning!!Cheers
brian kelly - haiku,maui,hi
Rating: 10/10   17th December 2008
- Well worth the trip, take an extra few minutes to find the hotter pools you need it especially on a cold windy winter day! We stumbled accross an unsuspecting tourist couple who obviously thought they had the beach to themselves, they were quick to dress and jump on their quad bike! Thanks for locating the hot water for us! Visit the bar on the main street (not the tavern) for friendly hospitality a warm fire, coffee and pizza to warm up after the mad dash back up the sand dunes!
Jeremy - Hamilton NZ
Rating: 8/10   2nd October 2006
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