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1st July 2022

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

01 Jul 2022

Valid dates: 1 Sep 2007 -- 31 Dec 2025

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TimeTide
(msl mm)
Fri, 2022 Jul 01
02:09-556
08:03581
14:15-761
20:42751
Sat, 2022 Jul 02
02:52-571
08:46571
14:56-749
21:22757
Sun, 2022 Jul 03
03:35-580
09:29557
15:37-725
22:03751
Mon, 2022 Jul 04
04:17-586
10:12541
16:18-693
22:42736
Tue, 2022 Jul 05
04:59-592
10:56530
17:01-658
23:23719
Wed, 2022 Jul 06
05:41-604
11:42527
17:45-625
Thu, 2022 Jul 07
00:05705
06:25-628
12:30538
18:33-600
TimeTide
(msl mm)
Fri, 2022 Jul 08
00:50698
07:12-664
13:22565
19:24-586
Sat, 2022 Jul 09
01:39701
08:03-715
14:18609
20:21-587
Sun, 2022 Jul 10
02:31715
08:56-777
15:16672
21:20-607
Mon, 2022 Jul 11
03:28739
09:52-848
16:16750
22:21-646
Tue, 2022 Jul 12
04:26773
10:49-921
17:15837
23:22-700
Wed, 2022 Jul 13
05:25813
11:46-988
18:12921
Thu, 2022 Jul 14
00:22-762
06:24850
12:43-1039
19:09992


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 2025. 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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