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21st April 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

21 Apr 2018

Valid dates: 1 Sep 2007 -- 31 Dec 2020

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TimeTide
(msl mm)
Sat, 2018 Apr 21
04:34-838
10:40859
16:55-966
23:16935
Sun, 2018 Apr 22
05:28-808
11:33814
17:48-921
Mon, 2018 Apr 23
00:11900
06:25-771
12:31762
18:45-863
Tue, 2018 Apr 24
01:08858
07:25-740
13:32715
19:46-806
Wed, 2018 Apr 25
02:09821
08:27-725
14:35687
20:48-763
Thu, 2018 Apr 26
03:09798
09:29-732
15:39685
21:50-739
Fri, 2018 Apr 27
04:09792
10:28-759
16:40706
22:50-733
TimeTide
(msl mm)
Sat, 2018 Apr 28
05:05798
11:24-797
17:37741
23:45-739
Sun, 2018 Apr 29
05:57808
12:15-836
18:29779
Mon, 2018 Apr 30
00:37-747
06:45815
13:02-868
19:18811
Tue, 2018 May 01
01:25-752
07:31813
13:47-886
20:03832
Wed, 2018 May 02
02:10-749
08:15800
14:29-887
20:47838
Thu, 2018 May 03
02:54-735
08:57772
15:11-870
21:30828
Fri, 2018 May 04
03:38-710
09:40731
15:53-835
22:12803


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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