Thursday, 22 October 2020


Hot Water Beach features in Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel List

One of the jewels in the Coromandel’s tourism crown, famous Hot Water Beach, has made it into Lonely Planet’s new “Ultimate Travel List” - a collection of the world’s most unmissable destinations.

Hot Water Beach is one of 13 New Zealand locations to feature in the 500 strong line-up, coming in at the 261st spot, behind Lake Wanaka at 209 and the Waitomo Caves at 207, but ahead of Great Barrier Island, ranked 355, and Queenstown, which scraped in at 496.

Three of the country’s most noted National Parks topped the New Zealand destinations, with Fiordland listed at an impressive 29th out of the 500 locations. Abel Tasman was at 72 and Aoraki/Mt Cook just behind at 80.

This is Lonely Planet’s second edition of the Ultimate Travel List and includes more than 200 new destinations among the wish list of 500 places ranked in order of brilliance.

“Dig your own spa at Hot Water Beach,” the book suggests to readers. “On the eastern side of the Coromandel Peninsula is a natural phenomenon unlike any other. For two hours either side of low tide, natural hot-spring waters well up beneath the sand. Visitors dig in to create hot tubs, relaxing in the warm sandy water as the surf breaks just feet away. Nearby are the ruins of one of the earliest villages of the Māori Ngāti Hei tribe and the golden sands of Cathedral Cove.”

Our little spot in paradise is listed between “Zip to treetop adventures on the Gibbon Experience” in Nam Kan National Park in Laos and “Cool off in the jungle-shrouded swimming hole of the Semuc Champey,” which is located in Guatemala and described as “a series of perfectly stepped pools linked by a series of natural rock bridges and with colours that glitter from turquoise to emerald.”

Megan Nunn, Destination Coromandel marketing manager, said she was delighted to see Hot Water Beach being celebrated. “It is great to see recognition for what we know to be true - that the joy of a simple experience often makes the best memories. And isn’t that what visiting The Coromandel is all about?” she said.

The world’s top three must-see destinations according the book are the lost city of Petra in Jordan, the Galápagos Islands and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in Australia.

Extracts from the book reproduced with permission from Lonely Planet © 2020.

Pictured: Hot Water Beach, which was included in Lonely Planet’s new Ultimate Travel List - a collection of the world’s most unmissable destinations. Photo by The Coromandel/


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