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5th July 2015

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

05 Jul 2015

Valid dates: 1 Sep 2007 -- 31 Dec 2016

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TimeTide
(msl mm)
Sun, 2015 Jul 05
02:48-836
08:51845
15:03-995
21:251010
Mon, 2015 Jul 06
03:39-879
09:43859
15:55-986
22:151018
Tue, 2015 Jul 07
04:31-904
10:37856
16:47-951
23:071000
Wed, 2015 Jul 08
05:25-910
11:33836
17:42-896
Thu, 2015 Jul 09
00:00962
06:20-902
12:31807
18:39-829
Fri, 2015 Jul 10
00:55910
07:16-886
13:31778
19:38-762
Sat, 2015 Jul 11
01:51854
08:14-869
14:32757
20:38-705
TimeTide
(msl mm)
Sun, 2015 Jul 12
02:49803
09:12-856
15:32749
21:38-667
Mon, 2015 Jul 13
03:46763
10:08-849
16:30756
22:37-649
Tue, 2015 Jul 14
04:42736
11:03-849
17:26773
23:33-649
Wed, 2015 Jul 15
05:36720
11:54-851
18:17796
Thu, 2015 Jul 16
00:26-662
06:27713
12:43-853
19:05818
Fri, 2015 Jul 17
01:15-680
07:15709
13:29-849
19:51836
Sat, 2015 Jul 18
02:02-699
08:02704
14:13-838
20:34844

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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