Hot Water Beach – Te Puia

The hot pools can be dug in front of the rocky out crop which sits approximately half way down the beach.

Just 30 minutes north of Tairua, Hot Water Beach is fast becoming an international ‘must do’ destination.

Hot Water Beach, also known as Te Puia, which means hot springs in maori, is a truly unique experience where two hours either side of low tide you can bathe in a hot pool that you have dug yourself in the sands of the beach. Spades can be hired from the local establishments. Dig around to find a hot water source – and beware as the temperature of the water can range from cool to scalding hot. Once you have found that perfect spot – lay back and soak up the natural surroundings of golden sands, clear water and a pohutukawa lined backdrop which all make up this gorgeous beach.
The beach is much loved by New Zealanders and has always been popular locally but it has a growing international reputation and was recently featured in the Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Sights Guide, appearing third on the list of ‘Top Baths’ behind the Champagne-Glass Whirlpool Bath in New York, USA and Les Bains de Marrakech, Morrocco.
One thing to remember is the beach has some dangerous rips and it is best to swim in the sea in between the flags which is the area patrolled by the lifeguards and usually the rip free areas.

Rips are strong under currents in the sea. For up to date weather conditions at Hot Water Beach click here.


This is a Hot Water Beach Ratepayers Association website. Here you will find practical information about the beach, the facilities offered as well as ecological information about Hot Water Beach and the surrounding area.

Through this site we also offer the opportunity for visitors and ratepayers to donate to our much needed Hot Water Beach Surf Life Guards and the Whenuakite Kiwi Care Group.

The Hot Water Beach Surf Life Guards, led by Gary Hinds, play a vital role keeping our visitors and locals safe on the beach and in the water.
The Whenuakite Kiwi Care Group, led by Arthur Hinds, works hard at protecting and growing the local kiwi population.