Hot Water Beach

Hot Water Beach

Hot Water Beach is a 20 minutes drive you can relax in the thermal water from the interior of the Pacific Ocean after digging your own sandy spa pool. Tairua Shores Motel even provides a free Spade to dig your custom made Hot Pool.

Hot Water Beach is a must-see on your Coromandel Peninsula holiday. The rocky pohutukawa lined coastline is stunning, as is the white sandy beach.

Visitors from every corner of the globe flock to Hot Water Beach to experience this unique natural wonder. You can dig your own hot spa in the sand two hours either side of low tide. There are several cafes nearby and a gallery to enjoy when the tide turns.

Any time of the year, from sunrise to sunset, Hot Water Beach is a memorable kiwi experience.


27.6km, 32min drive

Cathedral Cove, world famous marine reserve and breathtaking white sandy beach is a pretty 20 minute drive north of Tairua. The Cathedral Cove walking track begins in the seaside village of Hahei and is a 2hr return trip. Alternatively, you can drive to the Cathedral Cove carpark at the end of Grange Road for the shorter 1hr return trip.

Kayaking to Cathedral Cove provides stunning panoramic views of the dramatic white rock cliffs and coastline. Cathedral Cove Marine Reserve, Te Whanganui-A-Hei, is New Zealand’s sixth marine reserve, and kayaking these rich and unspoilt waters allows visitors a privileged insight into the varied habitats of the area.

Cathedral Cove is the perfect place for swimming and picnics. It is a unique and photogenic place to discover the natural grandeur of white rock caverns, limestone cliffs and clear blue water.


5 mins drive + 15 - 30 minutes walk/hike

Top attraction in Tairua

Once an island, Mt Paku is a twin-coned volcanic peak that can be climbed from Paku Drive or from Ocean Beach in a steep 15- 30 minute walk to the summit. The walk offers various look-outs points to Tairua and Pauanui beaches and ranges, as well as different islands in the Pacific Ocean.

Much of Tairua's early settler history is told on story boards along the walk.