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21st May 2024

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 May 2024

Valid dates: 1 Sep 2007 -- 31 Dec 2025

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TimeTide
(msl mm)
Tue, 2024 May 21
04:50592
11:13-645
17:30557
23:31-503
Wed, 2024 May 22
05:35608
11:55-697
18:15621
Thu, 2024 May 23
00:17-532
06:18627
12:36-749
18:58685
Fri, 2024 May 24
01:02-564
07:00645
13:17-794
19:40742
Sat, 2024 May 25
01:46-594
07:43659
13:58-829
20:23789
Sun, 2024 May 26
02:30-619
08:26668
14:41-851
21:06822
Mon, 2024 May 27
03:15-640
09:11669
15:25-856
21:51840
TimeTide
(msl mm)
Tue, 2024 May 28
04:02-656
09:59664
16:11-844
22:38845
Wed, 2024 May 29
04:51-669
10:50654
17:01-817
23:27838
Thu, 2024 May 30
05:43-683
11:44643
17:55-780
Fri, 2024 May 31
00:19825
06:38-702
12:43639
18:52-741
Sat, 2024 Jun 01
01:14810
07:36-731
13:45648
19:52-708
Sun, 2024 Jun 02
02:11800
08:34-770
14:48675
20:54-688
Mon, 2024 Jun 03
03:09796
09:33-818
15:50718
21:55-683


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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