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28th April 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

28 Apr 2015

Valid dates: 1 Sep 2007 -- 31 Dec 2016

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TimeTide
(msl mm)
Tue, 2015 Apr 28
01:59663
08:18-582
14:25516
20:31-571
Wed, 2015 Apr 29
02:51626
09:11-572
15:19501
21:24-540
Thu, 2015 Apr 30
03:41611
10:02-586
16:12516
22:16-536
Fri, 2015 May 01
04:30615
10:50-620
17:02554
23:06-552
Sat, 2015 May 02
05:16634
11:35-666
17:49606
23:53-581
Sun, 2015 May 03
06:01659
12:18-717
18:34665
Mon, 2015 May 04
00:39-615
06:44686
12:59-766
19:16722
TimeTide
(msl mm)
Tue, 2015 May 05
01:22-649
07:25708
13:40-808
19:58772
Wed, 2015 May 06
02:05-676
08:07724
14:21-840
20:40811
Thu, 2015 May 07
02:48-697
08:49731
15:02-858
21:22837
Fri, 2015 May 08
03:32-710
09:32731
15:45-862
22:06850
Sat, 2015 May 09
04:17-717
10:18723
16:30-853
22:52852
Sun, 2015 May 10
05:05-721
11:07711
17:19-832
23:41845
Mon, 2015 May 11
05:56-726
12:00698
18:11-805

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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