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4th August 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

04 Aug 2020

Valid dates: 1 Sep 2007 -- 31 Dec 2020

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TimeTide
(msl mm)
Tue, 2020 Aug 04
00:48-651
06:48687
13:03-838
19:26820
Wed, 2020 Aug 05
01:37-675
07:37686
13:49-830
20:11832
Thu, 2020 Aug 06
02:24-697
08:24683
14:34-812
20:55834
Fri, 2020 Aug 07
03:08-711
09:10673
15:17-782
21:37821
Sat, 2020 Aug 08
03:52-714
09:55654
16:01-741
22:19794
Sun, 2020 Aug 09
04:35-706
10:39628
16:44-689
23:00753
Mon, 2020 Aug 10
05:18-689
11:24598
17:27-630
23:42703
TimeTide
(msl mm)
Tue, 2020 Aug 11
06:01-666
12:10567
18:12-570
Wed, 2020 Aug 12
00:24650
06:45-643
12:57542
18:59-516
Thu, 2020 Aug 13
01:08602
07:30-628
13:46531
19:48-477
Fri, 2020 Aug 14
01:54566
08:16-626
14:37539
20:40-460
Sat, 2020 Aug 15
02:43549
09:05-643
15:29571
21:33-471
Sun, 2020 Aug 16
03:34556
09:56-681
16:21625
22:27-511
Mon, 2020 Aug 17
04:28590
10:47-736
17:13700
23:21-578


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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