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18th June 2024

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

18 Jun 2024

Valid dates: 1 Sep 2007 -- 31 Dec 2025

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TimeTide
(msl mm)
Tue, 2024 Jun 18
03:17577
09:43-621
16:02508
22:00-450
Wed, 2024 Jun 19
04:04573
10:29-660
16:51562
22:51-467
Thu, 2024 Jun 20
04:51583
11:14-710
17:38627
23:40-500
Fri, 2024 Jun 21
05:38605
11:58-765
18:24699
Sat, 2024 Jun 22
00:29-545
06:25634
12:43-820
19:10770
Sun, 2024 Jun 23
01:17-596
07:13665
13:29-866
19:56833
Mon, 2024 Jun 24
02:05-648
08:01695
14:16-898
20:43883
TimeTide
(msl mm)
Tue, 2024 Jun 25
02:54-697
08:52717
15:05-911
21:30914
Wed, 2024 Jun 26
03:44-738
09:43729
15:55-902
22:19926
Thu, 2024 Jun 27
04:35-770
10:37731
16:47-872
23:10918
Fri, 2024 Jun 28
05:28-792
11:33724
17:41-825
Sat, 2024 Jun 29
00:02893
06:22-807
12:31714
18:37-768
Sun, 2024 Jun 30
00:55857
07:18-816
13:31705
19:36-710
Mon, 2024 Jul 01
01:51817
08:15-825
14:32704
20:36-661


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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