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Wednesday
20th October 2021

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).

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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

20 Oct 2021

Valid dates: 1 Sep 2007 -- 31 Dec 2025

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TimeTide
(msl mm)
Wed, 2021 Oct 20
01:09-722
07:21662
13:26-662
19:36735
Thu, 2021 Oct 21
01:53-760
08:05698
14:10-670
20:17742
Fri, 2021 Oct 22
02:33-790
08:48728
14:52-674
20:57740
Sat, 2021 Oct 23
03:13-808
09:29748
15:34-668
21:37724
Sun, 2021 Oct 24
03:52-809
10:09753
16:15-650
22:16693
Mon, 2021 Oct 25
04:31-791
10:50742
16:57-619
22:57647
Tue, 2021 Oct 26
05:10-756
11:31717
17:39-579
23:38591
TimeTide
(msl mm)
Wed, 2021 Oct 27
05:50-710
12:13682
18:23-536
Thu, 2021 Oct 28
00:21534
06:32-658
12:57646
19:10-500
Fri, 2021 Oct 29
01:06485
07:17-612
13:44618
19:58-481
Sat, 2021 Oct 30
01:56455
08:06-579
14:33606
20:50-489
Sun, 2021 Oct 31
02:50454
08:59-567
15:24617
21:44-530
Mon, 2021 Nov 01
03:47488
09:55-583
16:17652
22:37-603
Tue, 2021 Nov 02
04:45558
10:53-626
17:10711
23:30-702


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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