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28th July 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

28 Jul 2014

Valid dates: 1 Sep 2007 -- 31 Dec 2016

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TimeTide
(msl mm)
Mon, 2014 Jul 28
01:25-613
07:25623
13:35-754
19:57765
Tue, 2014 Jul 29
02:08-646
08:08635
14:17-757
20:37781
Wed, 2014 Jul 30
02:50-671
08:51641
14:58-746
21:17783
Thu, 2014 Jul 31
03:31-685
09:33637
15:39-723
21:57770
Fri, 2014 Aug 01
04:12-689
10:16627
16:20-689
22:36746
Sat, 2014 Aug 02
04:52-687
10:58614
17:02-650
23:15717
Sun, 2014 Aug 03
05:33-685
11:41604
17:45-614
23:56692
TimeTide
(msl mm)
Mon, 2014 Aug 04
06:15-689
12:28603
18:31-587
Tue, 2014 Aug 05
00:41675
07:01-704
13:17617
19:21-576
Wed, 2014 Aug 06
01:30671
07:52-732
14:11649
20:16-585
Thu, 2014 Aug 07
02:24684
08:46-774
15:08702
21:15-620
Fri, 2014 Aug 08
03:22716
09:43-832
16:07776
22:16-682
Sat, 2014 Aug 09
04:22768
10:42-901
17:05863
23:16-764
Sun, 2014 Aug 10
05:22834
11:40-972
18:03954

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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