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17th January 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

17 Jan 2022

Valid dates: 1 Sep 2007 -- 31 Dec 2025

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TimeTide
(msl mm)
Mon, 2022 Jan 17
00:58-704
07:24654
13:30-501
19:25560
Tue, 2022 Jan 18
01:41-731
08:07701
14:15-538
20:10576
Wed, 2022 Jan 19
02:23-755
08:49743
14:59-576
20:53592
Thu, 2022 Jan 20
03:05-769
09:29773
15:41-610
21:36606
Fri, 2022 Jan 21
03:46-773
10:09792
16:22-640
22:19617
Sat, 2022 Jan 22
04:27-766
10:49799
17:03-667
23:03626
Sun, 2022 Jan 23
05:09-749
11:30797
17:45-692
23:48634
TimeTide
(msl mm)
Mon, 2022 Jan 24
05:54-724
12:12789
18:30-717
Tue, 2022 Jan 25
00:36641
06:41-694
12:57775
19:17-742
Wed, 2022 Jan 26
01:28650
07:33-662
13:46760
20:09-768
Thu, 2022 Jan 27
02:24665
08:29-636
14:40746
21:04-797
Fri, 2022 Jan 28
03:24691
09:29-622
15:38739
22:03-833
Sat, 2022 Jan 29
04:26733
10:33-630
16:39744
23:03-875
Sun, 2022 Jan 30
05:29790
11:37-661
17:41764


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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