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4th August 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

04 Aug 2015

Valid dates: 1 Sep 2007 -- 31 Dec 2016

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TimeTide
(msl mm)
Tue, 2015 Aug 04
03:19-980
09:27953
15:38-1035
21:561072
Wed, 2015 Aug 05
04:12-1001
10:21948
16:32-995
22:481042
Thu, 2015 Aug 06
05:06-994
11:17917
17:26-928
23:41985
Fri, 2015 Aug 07
06:00-962
12:14869
18:23-845
Sat, 2015 Aug 08
00:36910
06:56-915
13:13813
19:21-759
Sun, 2015 Aug 09
01:32828
07:53-863
14:12763
20:20-684
Mon, 2015 Aug 10
02:29754
08:51-816
15:12728
21:20-630
TimeTide
(msl mm)
Tue, 2015 Aug 11
03:27695
09:47-782
16:10711
22:19-603
Wed, 2015 Aug 12
04:23658
10:41-762
17:04712
23:14-600
Thu, 2015 Aug 13
05:16642
11:32-755
17:55727
Fri, 2015 Aug 14
00:05-617
06:07643
12:20-757
18:41749
Sat, 2015 Aug 15
00:52-645
06:54654
13:05-764
19:24773
Sun, 2015 Aug 16
01:36-677
07:39668
13:48-767
20:06791
Mon, 2015 Aug 17
02:19-705
08:22679
14:30-763
20:47798

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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