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24th October 2018

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).

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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

24 Oct 2018

Valid dates: 1 Sep 2007 -- 31 Dec 2020

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TimeTide
(msl mm)
Wed, 2018 Oct 24
00:59-696
07:10652
13:16-660
19:26733
Thu, 2018 Oct 25
01:42-769
07:55729
14:01-708
20:09776
Fri, 2018 Oct 26
02:24-838
08:39801
14:46-750
20:52810
Sat, 2018 Oct 27
03:07-895
09:24859
15:32-779
21:36830
Sun, 2018 Oct 28
03:51-933
10:10898
16:18-792
22:22831
Mon, 2018 Oct 29
04:37-947
10:57914
17:07-788
23:11813
Tue, 2018 Oct 30
05:25-936
11:47909
17:59-771
TimeTide
(msl mm)
Wed, 2018 Oct 31
00:03780
06:17-903
12:40886
18:54-748
Thu, 2018 Nov 01
00:58739
07:12-856
13:36856
19:53-729
Fri, 2018 Nov 02
01:58703
08:12-807
14:36828
20:54-724
Sat, 2018 Nov 03
03:02683
09:14-769
15:36812
21:56-740
Sun, 2018 Nov 04
04:07688
10:17-748
16:37811
22:57-776
Mon, 2018 Nov 05
05:10717
11:19-747
17:35822
23:55-824
Tue, 2018 Nov 06
06:09762
12:17-758
18:29838


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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