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17th August 2019

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).

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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

17 Aug 2019

Valid dates: 1 Sep 2007 -- 31 Dec 2020

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TimeTide
(msl mm)
Sat, 2019 Aug 17
01:48-627
07:48619
13:57-742
20:17765
Sun, 2019 Aug 18
02:30-657
08:31631
14:39-738
20:57773
Mon, 2019 Aug 19
03:11-677
09:13634
15:20-721
21:37765
Tue, 2019 Aug 20
03:52-685
09:56628
16:01-690
22:16741
Wed, 2019 Aug 21
04:32-682
10:38615
16:42-650
22:55708
Thu, 2019 Aug 22
05:12-674
11:20599
17:24-607
23:35673
Fri, 2019 Aug 23
05:53-667
12:04588
18:07-569
TimeTide
(msl mm)
Sat, 2019 Aug 24
00:17643
06:36-668
12:51588
18:55-543
Sun, 2019 Aug 25
01:02623
07:23-680
13:42604
19:47-536
Mon, 2019 Aug 26
01:53621
08:15-708
14:37640
20:44-554
Tue, 2019 Aug 27
02:49639
09:10-753
15:34700
21:43-601
Wed, 2019 Aug 28
03:48680
10:08-814
16:33779
22:43-676
Thu, 2019 Aug 29
04:48744
11:07-886
17:30870
23:42-769
Fri, 2019 Aug 30
05:48820
12:04-959
18:26959


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 2020. 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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