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Lake Tarawera's Hot Water Beach

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Address: Rotorua, New Zealand
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the views are worth the journey,a coffee place is next to the lake the food is simple.nature walks are at the lake side,

Reviewed 2 days ago
Morando B
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Ayr
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37 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

the views are worth the journey,a coffee place is next to the lake the food is simple.nature walks are at the lake side,

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Washington DC
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63 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was pouring down rain when we stopped here, but that didn't stop of from exploring and enjoying. Would highly recommend leaving a few minutes to enjoy this beautiful spot

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Thank Heather L
Brisbane, Australia
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Visited this amazing location with family. What a unique experience, digging your very own hot water spa on a beach with amazing views.

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Thank Jennifer L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

Lovely hike from the landing to the hot pool and after that over the last hill to the hot water beach. I loved the hike and the hot water experience. I took the water taxi for 25$ (leaves at 3:30pm but call to make sure it arrives) back. Important: wear long trousers. Some part of the track is covered by... More 

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Thank Mh1976
London, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Well what can I say...what an amazing place the hot water beach was...it started of on a warm Sunday morning and we followed the trail and after 18km we ended up on a beach and the water was hot and also the sand on the lake bed.....there was also a place stoned off that had boiling hot water flowing into... More 

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Thank Hazel D
Berlin, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

We actually planned another trip but changed plans after this hike was recommended by the DOC information in Rotorua. It is a wonderful 15 km hike along Lake Terawera with beautiful views of the lake. After arriving at the campsite you are greeted by the very open and friendly host and you can relax sitting in the lake enjoying the... More 

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed the 15km hike to the beach. It is a long hard hike so be prepared. Took a solid 4 hours. Lots of uphill so good level of fitness is essential. Not a good hike for young children. Take food and water with you. Beach was stunning. DOC campsite is great. Will be going back.

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Thank nzgirl68
Mold, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

took a trip up to this on recommendation from family and friends. very unusual experience but totally enjoyable day out.

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Thank cthrnyts
Newport Beach, California
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

Remarkable to step into the sea and dig your toes into the sand and realize how hot it is!! Truly an experience to be had. So hot you have to quickly move your foot from that position. Campers actually cook their potatoes, corn on the cob, chicken, etc. by wrapping and burying for a given period of time. Remarkable!!!

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Tauranga, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

We accessed this beach via boat. Stunning little spot with hot geothermal springs in various spots along the lakeside. Be careful as it can get quite hot in some areas. Camping area looked well kept as did the toilet facilities. There's also not a lot of shade so bring a sun umbrella if you're staying here for a while. A... More 

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