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1st September 2015

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

01 Sep 2015

Valid dates: 1 Sep 2007 -- 31 Dec 2016

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TimeTide
(msl mm)
Tue, 2015 Sep 01
02:04-1021
08:151010
14:26-1062
20:421096
Wed, 2015 Sep 02
02:57-1067
09:091034
15:20-1053
21:341089
Thu, 2015 Sep 03
03:50-1077
10:031024
16:14-1008
22:271046
Fri, 2015 Sep 04
04:44-1049
10:58980
17:09-934
23:20971
Sat, 2015 Sep 05
05:38-991
11:54914
18:04-843
Sun, 2015 Sep 06
00:15878
06:33-914
12:51838
19:02-749
Mon, 2015 Sep 07
01:11781
07:29-833
13:49765
20:00-668
TimeTide
(msl mm)
Tue, 2015 Sep 08
02:08694
08:26-760
14:48709
20:59-611
Wed, 2015 Sep 09
03:06630
09:22-707
15:45676
21:57-583
Thu, 2015 Sep 10
04:02594
10:17-676
16:38667
22:51-584
Fri, 2015 Sep 11
04:55585
11:08-666
17:27676
23:40-606
Sat, 2015 Sep 12
05:45598
11:55-673
18:12698
Sun, 2015 Sep 13
00:26-642
06:31625
12:39-689
18:55724
Mon, 2015 Sep 14
01:08-683
07:15657
13:22-706
19:36747

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 2016. 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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