No more time to loose! If we’re supposed to make it back (to Motueka) in time, we got to drive more. Skipped (lovely) Tauranga for the next destination: Coromandel Peninsula. Sometimes it occurred to us, that the second visit of a place didn’t live up to its reputation, but Hot Water Beach certainly was none of these. It’s always a winner (when you can ignore the masses of people that accumulate there at low tide, out of thin air)! The kids loved the idea of “swimming” again and we built them a little bathtub to soak in. But seriously, maybe we shouldn’t have chosen ANZAC Day for that particular spot.
The name “Hot Water Beach” comes from underground hot springs which filter up through the sand between the high and low water tidal reaches.
It’s popular not only for tourists and annual visitor numbers have been estimated at 700 000 (~ 1900 per day, wow this must be filled in summer).