FAQs

Question: Why is Hot Water Beach called Hot Water Beach?
An underground river of hot water flows from the interior of the earth to surface in the Pacific Ocean at Hot Water Beach – a long beautiful white beach located between Tairua and Whitianga. The stunning beach overlooks the Pacific Ocean and offshore Castle Rock, with Pohutukawa lined cliffs at either end of the beach. Two hours either side of low tide visitors flock to the usually deserted Hot Water Beach to find hot water bubbling through the golden sand. Families, kids  and couples can been seen digging their own spa pool in the sand to lie back in and relax while the steam from their hot pool envelops them. With the ebb and flow of the tide each individually created hot pool is washed away clearing the way for the next influx of visitors.

Question: Is the sea water at Hot Water Beach warm?
The sea water might be slightly warmer right by the hot springs area but elsewhere it is normal NZ sea temperature.

Question: How far is it to Cathedral Cove from Hot Water Beach?
It takes about 10 minutes by car from Hot Water Beach to Cathedral Cove.

Question: Where is the closest ATM machine?
The closest money machines are either at the Top Ten Holiday Park at Hot Water Beach or at the General Store at Hahei which is 10 minutes from Hot Water Beach by car.

Question: Can anyone fish in the area?
Please check fishing regulations in the area by clicking here. New Zealand has great recreational fishing opportunities but there are regulations which need to be adhered to. (0800 478537)