Hot Water Beach is situated approx. 175kms from Auckland and a normal drive time of 2.25 hours is required.  The drive time from Hamilton is also 2.25 hours.

Nearest smaller towns to Hot Water Beach are Tairua to the South which is 30 minutes drive and Whitianga  to the North with a drive time of 35 minutes.

The closest larger town is Thames which has a hospital and this is on the West coast of the Coromandel Peninsula and 70 minutes drive time away.

The road into Hot Water Beach joins State Highway 25 at Whenuakite and is signposted just before the intersection when coming from each direction on the highway.   600 metres down Hot Water Beach road from the highway is a single lane bridge and be aware that traffic heading into the beach must give way to opposing traffic at this bridge.  Hot Water Beach road is also the route in to Hahei, Cathedral Cove, Cooks Beach and Ferry Landing with side roads leading off to these locations.