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23rd January 2021

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

23 Jan 2021

Valid dates: 1 Sep 2007 -- 31 Dec 2025

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TimeTide
(msl mm)
Sat, 2021 Jan 23
03:12506
09:11-472
15:20579
21:45-618
Sun, 2021 Jan 24
04:04508
10:04-442
16:09548
22:33-626
Mon, 2021 Jan 25
04:56532
10:57-438
16:59538
23:21-651
Tue, 2021 Jan 26
05:46576
11:50-458
17:48548
Wed, 2021 Jan 27
00:09-691
06:35636
12:40-500
18:37576
Thu, 2021 Jan 28
00:55-740
07:21704
13:29-558
19:25617
Fri, 2021 Jan 29
01:41-793
08:06775
14:16-625
20:13666
TimeTide
(msl mm)
Sat, 2021 Jan 30
02:27-843
08:51840
15:02-694
21:01715
Sun, 2021 Jan 31
03:13-881
09:35892
15:48-757
21:49756
Mon, 2021 Feb 01
04:00-901
10:21926
16:35-810
22:38785
Tue, 2021 Feb 02
04:48-899
11:07939
17:23-846
23:29797
Wed, 2021 Feb 03
05:37-873
11:55928
18:12-865
Thu, 2021 Feb 04
00:22793
06:29-828
12:45896
19:04-868
Fri, 2021 Feb 05
01:17776
07:24-769
13:38850
19:59-858


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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