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24th May 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

24 May 2015

Valid dates: 1 Sep 2007 -- 31 Dec 2016

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TimeTide
(msl mm)
Sun, 2015 May 24
05:14-726
11:16672
17:25-774
23:46803
Mon, 2015 May 25
06:03-678
12:06605
18:12-690
Tue, 2015 May 26
00:33740
06:52-638
12:57549
19:01-616
Wed, 2015 May 27
01:21686
07:42-612
13:49513
19:52-558
Thu, 2015 May 28
02:09644
08:32-603
14:42501
20:43-522
Fri, 2015 May 29
02:58619
09:21-613
15:34515
21:35-508
Sat, 2015 May 30
03:46611
10:09-641
16:25552
22:26-517
TimeTide
(msl mm)
Sun, 2015 May 31
04:34620
10:55-684
17:13607
23:16-544
Mon, 2015 Jun 01
05:20641
11:39-737
17:59672
Tue, 2015 Jun 02
00:04-584
06:06670
12:23-793
18:44742
Wed, 2015 Jun 03
00:50-630
06:51703
13:07-846
19:29808
Thu, 2015 Jun 04
01:36-678
07:36734
13:51-890
20:13865
Fri, 2015 Jun 05
02:23-722
08:23759
14:36-919
20:59908
Sat, 2015 Jun 06
03:10-759
09:10774
15:23-930
21:45933

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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