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18th April 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

18 Apr 2014

Valid dates: 1 Sep 2007 -- 31 Dec 2016

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TimeTide
(msl mm)
Fri, 2014 Apr 18
02:38-775
08:43821
14:57-923
21:15893
Sat, 2014 Apr 19
03:24-792
09:28827
15:43-938
22:02911
Sun, 2014 Apr 20
04:12-795
10:17817
16:31-930
22:51908
Mon, 2014 Apr 21
05:03-785
11:08792
17:21-902
23:43889
Tue, 2014 Apr 22
05:57-769
12:02759
18:16-860
Wed, 2014 Apr 23
00:38862
06:54-754
13:01729
19:14-815
Thu, 2014 Apr 24
01:36836
07:54-751
14:04712
20:16-778
TimeTide
(msl mm)
Fri, 2014 Apr 25
02:36819
08:56-766
15:08717
21:19-759
Sat, 2014 Apr 26
03:37817
09:57-799
16:11744
22:20-758
Sun, 2014 Apr 27
04:35827
10:55-843
17:10787
23:19-770
Mon, 2014 Apr 28
05:30843
11:49-889
18:06832
Tue, 2014 Apr 29
00:14-785
06:23855
12:40-926
18:57871
Wed, 2014 Apr 30
01:05-796
07:12858
13:28-946
19:46895
Thu, 2014 May 01
01:54-797
07:59845
14:14-946
20:33900

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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