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21st August 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).

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

21 Aug 2014

Valid dates: 1 Sep 2007 -- 31 Dec 2016

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TimeTide
(msl mm)
Thu, 2014 Aug 21
02:54610
09:13-686
15:35626
21:44-526
Fri, 2014 Aug 22
03:47567
10:05-659
16:27621
22:37-522
Sat, 2014 Aug 23
04:39552
10:54-654
17:16638
23:26-542
Sun, 2014 Aug 24
05:28561
11:41-666
18:02668
Mon, 2014 Aug 25
00:13-580
06:15585
12:26-687
18:45704
Tue, 2014 Aug 26
00:57-624
07:00617
13:09-708
19:26736
Wed, 2014 Aug 27
01:39-667
07:43647
13:51-723
20:06758
TimeTide
(msl mm)
Thu, 2014 Aug 28
02:20-702
08:25671
14:32-726
20:46766
Fri, 2014 Aug 29
02:59-725
09:06684
15:12-717
21:25760
Sat, 2014 Aug 30
03:38-738
09:47688
15:53-697
22:03744
Sun, 2014 Aug 31
04:18-742
10:29686
16:34-671
22:43723
Mon, 2014 Sep 01
04:59-743
11:12682
17:17-645
23:25702
Tue, 2014 Sep 02
05:42-743
11:58681
18:04-625
Wed, 2014 Sep 03
00:11686
06:30-747
12:48687
18:56-616

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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