Monday, 9 January 2017

Digging for Hot Water

The second half of the journey to the peaceful resort of Hahei on the Coromandel Peninsula was picturesque as climbed up, round and down through the Coromandel Forest Park.

We had struck lucky again with our accommodation ath Hahei Chapell. The chalets set in the gardens of this former Methodist Chapel were tranquil and comfortable.

The tide dictated that we should rush straight out with spade and towel in hand.

Our evening destination was Hot Water Beach.

This remarkable beach has hot springs in the sand which can only be accessed and hour before and after low tide in one specific patch on the beach. People were already gathering to dig and wallow.

Brian set to work with the spade.

We were soon rewarded with a pool that was almost too hot to sit in.

Such an extraordinary phenomenon is well worth a visit on what is also a beautiful beach.


  1. Well that certainly would be a treat - I wonder what healing qualities the hot sand would give. All of your adventures are looking such fun & wonderful scenery.

  2. Looks blissful. I never made it to this beach either - though I have sand-bathed in Japan. Such deep heat!

  3. stunning photos of the corromandel - I think digging your own hot puddle is such magic - loving your tour of NZ

  4. Another gorgeous beach---I'm so envious!