While other beaches specialise in the standard characteristics of white sand and clear waters, on the east coast of New Zealand's Coromandel Peninsula lays Hot Water Beach, which promises an experience like no other.
Due to an underground river of hot water that flows to the surface of the beach, during low tide the hot water can often be seen bubbling away underneath the beach’s golden sand. This geothermal disturbance is fully embraced by locals and visitors alike, and families and couples are regularly spotted digging their own natural spa in the beach's surface, then lounging and relaxing in the steamy waters.
Come high tide, all of the individually-created pools melt away and the beach is once again ready for the next influx of visitors.
A festive and fun atmosphere, the beach also sports cosy cafés tucked away in the verdant greenery of the bordering hillsides.
For those more actively-minded, Hot Water Beach is also a great surfing spot and boasts energetic waves that froth against the shore.
A truly unique and unforgettable experience; bring a shovel and get digging.