Great little beach with bubbling hot springs under the sand. Some are scalding hot, so be sure to mix hot pools with cool pools! Only really worth the time about 2 hours before low tide to two hours after low tide. Get there early, or make some friends quickly. There are only a couple of spots that generate the hot pools. But it’s fun, and you get to meet new people since it’s packed. There is a spade rental before the beach, and if I remember it’s NZ$5 with NZ$20 deposit. There is a small swimming area with lifeguards, but I have also heard that there is a rip, so keep your children close if that’s a concern of yours. My kids stayed on the beach and only at the edge of the water. We all had a blast!