Kawhia Hot Beach (H5)

Kawhia Beach thermal pools and Aotea Harbour beach.

GPS Kawhia Beach: -38.066213 174.779967

GPS Aotea Beach: -38.010369 174.812172

Kawhia-Aotea overview

Kawhia-Aotea overview

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The sand gully at Kawhia leading directly down to the hot pool digging area. Here the tide is rising and folks are leaving.  The small hot area is in sight at upper right.

The sand gully at Kawhia leading directly down to the hot pool digging area. Here the tide is rising and folks are leaving. The small hot area is in sight at upper right.

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Swiss family in their Kawhia hot pool, the sand access gully in the background.

Swiss family in their Kawhia hot pool, the sand access gully in the background.

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Hot in the Kawhia Beach hot pools.

Hot in the Kawhia Beach hot pools.

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Basking in their own private Kawhia Beach blacksand hot pool.  Where else but New Zealand!

Basking in their own private Kawhia Beach blacksand hot pool. Where else but New Zealand!

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Arranging Spirula shells on Kawhia Beach, waiting for the tide to fully recede.

Arranging Spirula shells on Kawhia Beach, waiting for the tide to fully recede.

OK, now off to Aotea Beach, a nice place to explore, especially if you’re waiting for low-tide at Kawhia Beach.

Aotea sandstone with the black dunes across the harbour showing in the background.

Aotea sandstone with the black dunes across the harbour showing in the background.

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Fabulous patterns in the Aotea sandstone

Fabulous patterns in the Aotea sandstone

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Aotea Beach sandstone and dune buggy

Aotea Beach sandstone and dune buggy

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Sandstone tide pools where Aotea Harbour meets the sea.  Sometimes all the sandstone is covered-over by the black sands--you never know, better go see for yourself!

Sandstone tide pools where Aotea Harbour meets the sea. Sometimes all the sandstone is covered-over by the black sands–you never know, better go see for yourself!

Sandstone tide pools where Aotea Harbour meets the sea. Sometimes all the sandstone is covered-over by the black sands–you never know, better go see for yourself!

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