Boiling Ourselves in a Self-dug Pool

Trip Start Nov 20, 2010
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Trip End Dec 01, 2011


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Flag of New Zealand  , Auckland,
Friday, April 8, 2011

In the morning we left the rest area we stayed at the night before in search of a campground by Hot Water Beach so we could go dig our own hot pool in the sand at low tide later in the day. After getting set up we went to the next town over to check out their beach and soaked up the sun for a while before ducking into a small cafe for some lunch. We had planned to do the one hour walk from there to Cathedral cove but then realized we wouldn't have time to enjoy that beach and also make it back in good time for low tide so we decided to leave that for the next day and went back to have a short nap at the campsite before wandering over to hot water beach.
At low tide later in the afternoon we made our way to the spot where the sand gets hot. There were quite a few people there already so we just sat and watched for a bit before trying to squeeze in at the edge of the other pools. At first when we started to dig the only water sitting in our little pool was cold so we kept moving over bit by bit. Eventually we hit a spot that was so hot it hurt to rest our hand on the sand, jackpot! We dug our pool with the thermal ground about halfway through our little pool. While sitting there every now and then we would have to swirl the water around like in a tub to mix the hot water around, not only to heat up the cooling water on one side but also to spread around the steaming water on the other side so we didn't burn ourselves in it!
At first we didn't get all the fuss over the pools but we ended up sitting there for quite some time and actually enjoyed it.
That evening we once again just sat back and enjoyed the tv room of the campsite we parked at.
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