The ultimate wake-up call at Hot Water Beach
Digging holes in the sand at 5 am
This photo may not look like much. In fact, it just looks like a bunch of overly enthusiastic morning people flailing about in holes in the sand on a misty morning in New Zealand. I mean, this is true to some extent (we left our place at the ungodly hour of 04:30 to get here in time…) but this, this is no ordinary bout of digging holes on the beach. Nestled away on the Coromandel Peninsula on New Zealand’s North Island, this is Hot Water Beach. Basically two hours post/pre low tide, people flock here to dig down and create their own geothermal baths. Whaaaat. We were lucky enough to be with a pretty seasoned local, who came armed with spades and a plan of action. Such a refined plan of action that we could even control the temperature of our little bath, with two different streams leading in varying between crazy boiling hot and lukewarm. Absolutely unique to the Land of the Long White Cloud, 10000% worth dragging yourself out of bed for.