Location: Hot Water Beach. New Zealand

This photo of my daughter running around on the beach was taken at Hot Water Beach, also known as Te Puia, which means hot springs in maori. This place is located  on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand, approximately 12 kilometres south east of Whitianga, and approximately 175 kilometres from Auckland by car (see google map below)

Its name comes from underground hot springs which filter up through the sand between the high and low water tidal reaches. Within two hours either side of low tide, it is possible to dig into the sand allowing hot water to escape to the surface forming a hot water pool.

Visitors often dig large holes and relax and soak in the thermal water. You can bring a spade you or rent it from the nearby surf shop.

One thing to remember is the beach has some dangerous rips and it is best to swim in the sea in between the flags which is the area patrolled by the lifeguards and usually the rip free areas.