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19th August 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).

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

19 Aug 2018

Valid dates: 1 Sep 2007 -- 31 Dec 2020

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TimeTide
(msl mm)
Sun, 2018 Aug 19
00:33805
06:53-806
13:08703
19:14-648
Mon, 2018 Aug 20
01:24712
07:44-741
14:02644
20:08-568
Tue, 2018 Aug 21
02:15633
08:35-689
14:56605
21:02-514
Wed, 2018 Aug 22
03:06576
09:26-657
15:49591
21:55-491
Thu, 2018 Aug 23
03:57544
10:16-645
16:39601
22:47-495
Fri, 2018 Aug 24
04:48537
11:04-652
17:27630
23:37-522
Sat, 2018 Aug 25
05:36550
11:50-672
18:12668
TimeTide
(msl mm)
Sun, 2018 Aug 26
00:23-562
06:23576
12:34-698
18:55708
Mon, 2018 Aug 27
01:07-608
07:08608
13:17-721
19:37743
Tue, 2018 Aug 28
01:49-652
07:51638
13:59-738
20:17767
Wed, 2018 Aug 29
02:30-689
08:33664
14:41-743
20:56779
Thu, 2018 Aug 30
03:10-718
09:15682
15:22-737
21:36779
Fri, 2018 Aug 31
03:50-739
09:57693
16:03-722
22:16770
Sat, 2018 Sep 01
04:31-754
10:41700
16:47-700
22:57755


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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