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28th April 2017

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 Apr 2017

Valid dates: 1 Sep 2007 -- 31 Dec 2020

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TimeTide
(msl mm)
Fri, 2017 Apr 28
01:40-934
07:49996
14:05-1091
20:231056
Sat, 2017 Apr 29
02:34-967
08:411013
14:56-1120
21:161085
Sun, 2017 Apr 30
03:27-969
09:34996
15:49-1107
22:091075
Mon, 2017 May 01
04:22-942
10:28947
16:42-1057
23:041032
Tue, 2017 May 02
05:18-891
11:23875
17:37-977
23:59965
Wed, 2017 May 03
06:15-829
12:21792
18:34-883
Thu, 2017 May 04
00:57889
07:14-768
13:21713
19:33-789
TimeTide
(msl mm)
Fri, 2017 May 05
01:55816
08:14-721
14:23653
20:32-709
Sat, 2017 May 06
02:52757
09:13-695
15:23619
21:31-652
Sun, 2017 May 07
03:48718
10:09-690
16:21613
22:27-620
Mon, 2017 May 08
04:40697
11:00-703
17:14627
23:19-610
Tue, 2017 May 09
05:29690
11:47-727
18:02656
Wed, 2017 May 10
00:07-615
06:13694
12:31-756
18:47692
Thu, 2017 May 11
00:52-628
06:56701
13:12-783
19:29728


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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