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16th August 2022

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

16 Aug 2022

Valid dates: 1 Sep 2007 -- 31 Dec 2025

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TimeTide
(msl mm)
Tue, 2022 Aug 16
03:43-916
09:51856
16:00-913
22:16960
Wed, 2022 Aug 17
04:33-897
10:43813
16:50-832
23:04891
Thu, 2022 Aug 18
05:22-855
11:34754
17:39-739
23:51807
Fri, 2022 Aug 19
06:11-799
12:25689
18:29-643
Sat, 2022 Aug 20
00:39717
06:59-738
13:16629
19:20-556
Sun, 2022 Aug 21
01:27632
07:48-683
14:09583
20:12-489
Mon, 2022 Aug 22
02:16562
08:38-641
15:01558
21:06-447
TimeTide
(msl mm)
Tue, 2022 Aug 23
03:07513
09:28-618
15:54557
22:00-435
Wed, 2022 Aug 24
03:59489
10:17-614
16:44577
22:53-450
Thu, 2022 Aug 25
04:50489
11:06-627
17:32613
23:43-487
Fri, 2022 Aug 26
05:40510
11:53-652
18:18657
Sat, 2022 Aug 27
00:29-536
06:27544
12:38-682
19:01702
Sun, 2022 Aug 28
01:13-590
07:13585
13:22-710
19:42740
Mon, 2022 Aug 29
01:55-644
07:56626
14:04-731
20:22769


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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