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Wednesday
1st October 2014

World Famous
Hot Water Beach

Hot Water Beach is NOT a secret! It is known around the world!

Hot Water Beach is located along New Zealand's Pacific coast just south of Mercury Bay at the northeast tip of the Coromandel Peninsula (map).

Hot Sand!
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Hot Water Beach — a playground for all ages!
NOT to be missed!

If you're coming to Hot Water Beach, you need to know ...


What is it?

Some volcanos develop huge underground reservoirs of superheated water. Over time, this water will escape to the surface — cooling on the way. There are two fissures at Hot Water Beach issuing water as hot as 64ºC (147ºF) at a rate as high as 15 litres/minute. This water contains large amounts of salt (NOT salt water), calcium, magnesium, potassium, fluorine, bromine and silica. There are other hot water springs nearby but the location of these two springs on the beach make them unique.

Hot Water Beach
Daily Low Tides

01 Oct 2014

Valid dates: 1 Sep 2007 -- 31 Dec 2016

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TimeTide
(msl mm)
Wed, 2014 Oct 01
06:15-805
12:34771
18:44-674
00:49700
Thu, 2014 Oct 02
07:04-792
13:26766
19:38-667
Fri, 2014 Oct 03
01:44686
07:59-780
14:22767
20:36-677
Sat, 2014 Oct 04
02:43686
08:59-777
15:21782
21:37-709
Sun, 2014 Oct 05
03:47709
10:01-791
16:22815
22:40-765
Mon, 2014 Oct 06
04:51757
11:04-822
17:23863
23:40-839
Tue, 2014 Oct 07
05:52823
12:05-865
18:21917
00:38-919
TimeTide
(msl mm)
Wed, 2014 Oct 08
06:51894
13:02-908
19:16963
Thu, 2014 Oct 09
01:32-989
07:47955
13:57-938
20:09991
Fri, 2014 Oct 10
02:25-1035
08:40994
14:50-946
20:59993
Sat, 2014 Oct 11
03:15-1051
09:311003
15:41-929
21:49964
Sun, 2014 Oct 12
04:04-1032
10:21982
16:31-886
22:37908
Mon, 2014 Oct 13
04:52-982
11:10935
17:20-823
23:25831
Tue, 2014 Oct 14
05:39-908
11:58868
18:09-749
00:14742

Tide times are LOCAL (NZST or NZDT).

Tide height in mm from Mean Sea Level.
The lower the low tide,
(the more negative the tide height),
the more time that the thermal spring
on the beach will be "uncovered."

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When?

The short answer is: ONE hour either side of low tide (okay, up to two hours but only if the low tide is REALLY low). Plan to arrive BEFORE low tide to (a) stake-out a place for digging your 'spa' (Hot Water Beach DOES get crowded) and (b) allow for some relaxation in your 'spa' before the tide rises and reclaims the beach, 'spas' and all.

A table of low tides is displayed to the right. The low tide table starts TODAY (as defined on our server) and provides two weeks of low tides so you can plan your visit to Hot Water Beach. If you're not interested in the next two weeks, update the day, month and year and you'll see the low tides from that date -- within the range from 1 Aug 2007 to 31 Dec 2016. Now you can plan your visit to Mercury Bay -- and Hot Water Beach!

What?

WARNING!

Beware of the rip tides common to Hot Water Beach!
(Most prevalent near the offshore rocks - don't try to swim to them!)

If you feel yourself being taken from the shore by a current, DO NOT try to swim back to the shore - you will NOT succeed! Swim parallel to the beach until the current subsides THEN swim back to shore.

Hot Water Beach has seen many drownings for the failure of visitors to heed these simple precautions and we don't want to lose any more!

How to get here?

There's only one way. Take State Highway 25 to Whenuakite where the only notable junction is the road to Hot Water Beach, Cook's Beach and Hahei/Cathedral Cove. Stay on the main road until you see the (right) turn to Hot Water Beach (~8 km). Please pay attention to the speed limit on this road as it gives a good indication of the road condition -- which is paved right up to the car park.

Of course, NO visit to New Zealand would be complete without sitting on the beach in your own private hot pool at the world renowned Hot Water Beach!

How much does it co$t?

Sorry, the New Zealand government has yet to tax the natural thermal springs such as this one on the beach (all New Zealand beaches are open to the public) so there is NO CHARGE! Of course, if you'd like to have an ice cream, drink or sandwich at the shop (conveniently located at the car park), those are not free. It's true that there's "no free lunch," but ...

Hot Water Beach is FREE!

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