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15th November 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

15 Nov 2018

Valid dates: 1 Sep 2007 -- 31 Dec 2020

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TimeTide
(msl mm)
Thu, 2018 Nov 15
00:37566
06:46-680
13:09699
19:26-566
Fri, 2018 Nov 16
01:26509
07:33-614
13:57654
20:16-540
Sat, 2018 Nov 17
02:17469
08:23-561
14:46622
21:07-534
Sun, 2018 Nov 18
03:11455
09:15-528
15:36608
21:58-553
Mon, 2018 Nov 19
04:05472
10:08-521
16:25615
22:47-597
Tue, 2018 Nov 20
04:58518
11:01-541
17:14642
23:35-663
Wed, 2018 Nov 21
05:49590
11:52-582
18:01685
TimeTide
(msl mm)
Thu, 2018 Nov 22
00:21-743
06:37679
12:42-638
18:48737
Fri, 2018 Nov 23
01:07-830
07:25774
13:31-700
19:35790
Sat, 2018 Nov 24
01:52-911
08:12863
14:20-759
20:23835
Sun, 2018 Nov 25
02:39-978
09:00937
15:09-806
21:11864
Mon, 2018 Nov 26
03:27-1019
09:49987
15:59-836
22:01871
Tue, 2018 Nov 27
04:16-1030
10:391008
16:51-846
22:54855
Wed, 2018 Nov 28
05:07-1009
11:311000
17:45-838
23:48820


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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