Hot Water Beach

Last week I hit up Hot Water Beach in the north island on New Zealand. This extremely unique experience is a must do for any future New Zealand explorers. Basically, this beach is set upon active magma, making the water underneath the sand extremely hot. That is, if you don’t know where to dig! During low tide, tourists and kiwi’s alike all dig up a hole big enough for how ever many people they’re with! The water beneath the┬ásand closer to the ocean is the goldilocks temperature for people to enjoy a man made hot tub!

In my experience, hot water beach was a bit challenging! Myself and the 3 other friends I was with went just end the end of low tide, and in the rain! Not to mention during the middle of winter! We were forced to dig higher up, so the water we were digging up was too hot to enjoy, and cold wet rain and air was making it too cold to sit in our bathing suites on the beach! Oh and there was also the rising tide constantly washing away our hard work! Making us even colder! You can say it was a bit of a miserable experience. However, we met two locals who had there stuff together, and asked us to come join them. They dug a perfect little pool. What was crazy is part of it was scolding hot while the other part was totally do able.

I’m happy I got to experience this, as it was on my NZ bucket list!

I wish I also had pictures to share but due to the weather I couldn’t bring my camera!

I'm a psychology major focusing on art therapy as well as gender and sexuality studies. I've never left the country before aside from a couple of trips to Canada, so going to New Zealand for an entire semester is a huge jump for me! I find leisure in art, music, beaches, outdoor activities, and writing. I hope to incorporate my interests in art, gender, and sexuality in my future and I will be observing these key elements especially while abroad!

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