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6th July 2020

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

06 Jul 2020

Valid dates: 1 Sep 2007 -- 31 Dec 2020

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TimeTide
(msl mm)
Mon, 2020 Jul 06
01:06-718
07:07777
13:23-944
19:48900
Tue, 2020 Jul 07
01:58-729
07:57759
14:12-925
20:36904
Wed, 2020 Jul 08
02:47-732
08:47732
14:58-890
21:22891
Thu, 2020 Jul 09
03:35-726
09:35696
15:44-838
22:07862
Fri, 2020 Jul 10
04:22-711
10:23653
16:30-775
22:52821
Sat, 2020 Jul 11
05:09-690
11:10607
17:15-705
23:36771
Sun, 2020 Jul 12
05:55-665
11:59564
18:01-634
TimeTide
(msl mm)
Mon, 2020 Jul 13
00:20717
06:42-643
12:48528
18:49-569
Tue, 2020 Jul 14
01:05666
07:28-626
13:38506
19:38-514
Wed, 2020 Jul 15
01:51622
08:15-620
14:29502
20:28-477
Thu, 2020 Jul 16
02:37590
09:02-628
15:20520
21:20-461
Fri, 2020 Jul 17
03:25574
09:49-653
16:11558
22:12-469
Sat, 2020 Jul 18
04:14577
10:36-692
17:00614
23:03-499
Sun, 2020 Jul 19
05:02597
11:23-743
17:48683
23:53-548


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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