In my book NZ Frenzy, North Island by Scott Cook I had read that the West Coast had a ‘Hot Water Beach’ at Kawhia and after a lond drive along a narrow and very winding road we arrived at Kawhia Beach. The tide was out and according to the book the hot water is located at the surf line. You could smell the sulphur and the black sand was hot in places, we dug with our feet as we had forgotten a spade! At this point a 4x4 pulled up and asked if we needed any help, unfortunately the Guys did not have a spade, but we got chatting...about Rugby & the World Cup, and they offered to take us in the 4x4 along the beach to Aotea Beach to gather mussels. The drive along the beach was a lot faster than it would have been if we had gone by road, and we spent a fascinating afternoon gathering Green Lipped Mussels, as large as my hand with the local Guys.
Driving back into Kawhia, a beautifully located town, as its on the edge of a large sheltered lagoon called Kawhia Harbour we found the Kawhia Beachside S-Cape, a campsite undergoing renovations. It was great, the large kitchen block was so well equipped that I had no problem cooking the Mussels for our tea, and the showers with their free hot water were just what I needed. The campsites location is one of the best we stayed on.
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25 December 2011
Thank you very much for your kind review.
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We are working hard to improve our roadside appearance and make the property look as nice as possible to compliment our wonderful views.We take pride in offering good hot showers and a great kitchen and TV Lounge - all included in the price.
We are so pleased you enjoyed yourselves in Kawhia and Aotea.
Our hot water springs are very popular and far less crowded than the ones at Hot Water Beach on the East Coast. The Ocean Beach is truly a natural wonderland and we have had quite a few guests say they enjoyed the hot springs on our coast better than those on the East Coast.
Had you checked in before you went to the Te Puia Hot Springs we would have lent you a shovel to dig you hole.
We enjoyed seeing all the different people from all nationalities when the Rugby World Cup was on.It was a very exciting time and even though we were not avid rugby fans before the World Cup, we certainly are now!.
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