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28th July 2017

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

28 Jul 2017

Valid dates: 1 Sep 2007 -- 31 Dec 2020

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TimeTide
(msl mm)
Fri, 2017 Jul 28
04:17-895
10:23831
16:32-903
22:50946
Sat, 2017 Jul 29
05:07-857
11:14770
17:21-813
23:37871
Sun, 2017 Jul 30
05:56-807
12:06704
18:11-718
Mon, 2017 Jul 31
00:25790
06:45-755
12:57643
19:00-630
Tue, 2017 Aug 01
01:13711
07:34-707
13:49596
19:51-558
Wed, 2017 Aug 02
02:01644
08:23-672
14:41569
20:43-507
Thu, 2017 Aug 03
02:50594
09:12-654
15:32564
21:36-483
TimeTide
(msl mm)
Fri, 2017 Aug 04
03:39565
10:00-653
16:23582
22:27-484
Sat, 2017 Aug 05
04:29556
10:48-668
17:11616
23:18-506
Sun, 2017 Aug 06
05:17565
11:34-694
17:57662
Mon, 2017 Aug 07
00:06-544
06:04588
12:19-727
18:42712
Tue, 2017 Aug 08
00:51-591
06:50619
13:03-760
19:25759
Wed, 2017 Aug 09
01:35-640
07:35653
13:46-787
20:06800
Thu, 2017 Aug 10
02:18-689
08:19685
14:29-806
20:48830


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 2020. 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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