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20th November 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).

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

20 Nov 2017

Valid dates: 1 Sep 2007 -- 31 Dec 2020

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TimeTide
(msl mm)
Mon, 2017 Nov 20
02:35-827
08:54775
15:00-660
21:01710
Tue, 2017 Nov 21
03:15-832
09:35791
15:42-660
21:42691
Wed, 2017 Nov 22
03:55-820
10:16792
16:25-649
22:23659
Thu, 2017 Nov 23
04:35-792
10:57778
17:07-628
23:05617
Fri, 2017 Nov 24
05:15-750
11:38751
17:51-602
23:48571
Sat, 2017 Nov 25
05:57-700
12:20718
18:35-576
Sun, 2017 Nov 26
00:33529
06:40-649
13:03685
19:20-561
TimeTide
(msl mm)
Mon, 2017 Nov 27
01:20501
07:26-607
13:49663
20:08-564
Tue, 2017 Nov 28
02:11495
08:16-582
14:37657
20:58-593
Wed, 2017 Nov 29
03:05517
09:09-579
15:27672
21:50-649
Thu, 2017 Nov 30
04:01572
10:06-603
16:20709
22:43-730
Fri, 2017 Dec 01
04:58656
11:03-652
17:14765
23:36-828
Sat, 2017 Dec 02
05:54759
12:00-719
18:09831
Sun, 2017 Dec 03
00:29-932
06:49870
12:56-794
19:03897


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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