HOT WATER BEACH – Te Rata Bay

Te Rata is a very special place. It’s right in the very heart of the thermal Rotorua district.

Steam rises sleepily from the lake edge – the result of a hot thermal spring trickling into the lake water. The sand on part of Hot Water Beach heats up to 86 degrees – hot enough to cook a meal ‘hangi-style’ beneath the surface.

Be aware that during busy season, there will be campers at the DOC campsite and you will share hot water beach itself, with those campers.

Tarawera Trail

4.5hrs (average) one way

Walk to Hot Water Beach (HWB) or walk back. Trail car park is south of the Buried Village. Shuttle available. Walk easy to moderate.

Taxi to HWB 9am 12pm 2pm
Returning from HWB 9.30am 12.30pm 3.30pm
Cost: $28 Adults $20 children 5-12yrs. Group rates available.
Pre booking is essential

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Hot Water Beach

Stay a few hours or all day. Take a picnic, stay the night.
Dropoff and pickups at our standard times.

Taxi to HWB 9am 12pm 2pm
Returning from HWB 9.30am 12.30pm 3.30pm
Cost Return: $45 Adults, $30 children 5-12yrs. Under 5yrs free (conditions apply) Group rates and other times available for groups.
Gear transport: $5/ backpacks / chillybin. $15 handling fee for unaccompanied camp gear.
Pre booking is essential

Camping – Hot Water Beach

Stay the night. Campsite bookings are essential – book through the Whakarewarewa Maori Village website. If you have not pre-booked, you WILL NOT be allowed to camp at Hot Water Beach.

We can take you and your camping gear or just your camping gear, if you are walking in to HWB.

Taxi to HWB 9am 12pm 2pm
Returning from HWB 9.30am 12.30pm 3.30pm
Cost one way $28, $20 children 5-12yrs. Under 5yrs free (conditions apply)
Return fare: $45 Adults, $30 children 5-12yrs. Under 5yrs free (conditions apply)
Gear transport: $5/ backpacks / chillybin. $15 handling fee for unaccompanied camp gear.

Camp Gear Transport

Packs $5/pack
Separate tent $10/tent
Unaccompanied camping gear will incur a $25 handling fee.

Pre booking is essential

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  • Wonderful friendly & helpful service. The staff were very friendly, and the trip was a great conclusion to the weekend
    Roam 414 via TripAdvisor   -   November 2018
  • Above and beyond. Super helpful, friendly service returning from Hot Water Beach.
    MMDunedin, via TripAdvisor   -   November 2018
  • The cruise was really great: David is a passionate guide who knows a lot about the history of the landscape around the lake and also about the people who lived there and live here today: so interesting!
    Leopold L, via TripAdvisor   -   August 2018