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25th October 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).

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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

25 Oct 2014

Valid dates: 1 Sep 2007 -- 31 Dec 2016

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TimeTide
(msl mm)
Sat, 2014 Oct 25
02:13-802
08:29763
14:36-698
20:40755
Sun, 2014 Oct 26
02:54-848
09:12814
15:19-725
21:22772
Mon, 2014 Oct 27
03:36-880
09:55850
16:03-743
22:06777
Tue, 2014 Oct 28
04:19-896
10:39871
16:49-749
22:51771
Wed, 2014 Oct 29
05:05-893
11:26875
17:37-747
23:40753
Thu, 2014 Oct 30
05:53-873
12:15866
18:28-741
00:33730
Fri, 2014 Oct 31
06:45-841
13:08849
19:24-736
TimeTide
(msl mm)
Sat, 2014 Nov 01
01:30709
07:42-805
14:04832
20:22-742
Sun, 2014 Nov 02
02:31700
08:42-775
15:03822
21:23-764
Mon, 2014 Nov 03
03:34711
09:45-760
16:04826
22:24-805
Tue, 2014 Nov 04
04:38746
10:48-765
17:03843
23:23-859
Wed, 2014 Nov 05
05:39798
11:48-784
18:00867
00:19-916
Thu, 2014 Nov 06
06:37855
12:45-808
18:54888
Fri, 2014 Nov 07
01:12-965
07:31906
13:39-828
19:46898

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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