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14th April 2024

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

14 Apr 2024

Valid dates: 1 Sep 2007 -- 31 Dec 2025

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TimeTide
(msl mm)
Sun, 2024 Apr 14
04:54-777
10:58792
17:13-897
23:35845
Mon, 2024 Apr 15
05:46-690
11:48688
18:03-795
Tue, 2024 Apr 16
00:27760
06:40-608
12:41588
18:54-694
Wed, 2024 Apr 17
01:20683
07:36-543
13:37506
19:48-607
Thu, 2024 Apr 18
02:14624
08:32-507
14:35455
20:43-546
Fri, 2024 Apr 19
03:08589
09:28-501
15:32439
21:38-514
Sat, 2024 Apr 20
04:00580
10:21-523
16:27456
22:31-510
TimeTide
(msl mm)
Sun, 2024 Apr 21
04:48590
11:09-565
17:18497
23:21-526
Mon, 2024 Apr 22
05:34613
11:53-618
18:05552
Tue, 2024 Apr 23
00:07-553
06:17639
12:34-673
18:48611
Wed, 2024 Apr 24
00:51-582
06:57661
13:14-722
19:29666
Thu, 2024 Apr 25
01:33-605
07:37675
13:52-762
20:10711
Fri, 2024 Apr 26
02:15-619
08:16678
14:31-789
20:50742
Sat, 2024 Apr 27
02:56-623
08:55672
15:09-801
21:30760


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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