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Hot Water Beach

The natural upwelling of hot water through the sand makes Hot Water Beach a popular spot at low tide.

Natural features

People digging in the sand, Hot Water Beach

Water and gas flow up through the sand below the high tide mark.


Hot Water Beach is classified as a Small Geothermal System by Waikato Regional Council.

Flow could be disrupted by ground water takes. Popular recreational spot at low tide.

Annual visitor numbers have been estimated at 700,000, making it one of the most popular geothermal attractions in the Waikato region.


Barns and Luketina 2012, Valuing uses of the Waikato Regional Geothermal Resource, 2011/ 15, Waikato Regional Council, Hamilton