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16th July 2018

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

16 Jul 2018

Valid dates: 1 Sep 2007 -- 31 Dec 2020

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TimeTide
(msl mm)
Mon, 2018 Jul 16
02:51-952
08:56954
15:09-1100
21:311107
Tue, 2018 Jul 17
03:47-965
09:52933
16:04-1051
22:251077
Wed, 2018 Jul 18
04:42-952
10:48888
16:58-973
23:181018
Thu, 2018 Jul 19
05:36-918
11:45827
17:53-876
Fri, 2018 Jul 20
00:11938
06:31-870
12:42760
18:48-772
Sat, 2018 Jul 21
01:04849
07:26-817
13:39697
19:44-674
Sun, 2018 Jul 22
01:57762
08:19-768
14:36648
20:40-594
TimeTide
(msl mm)
Mon, 2018 Jul 23
02:49688
09:12-731
15:31620
21:34-540
Tue, 2018 Jul 24
03:40633
10:02-709
16:24614
22:27-513
Wed, 2018 Jul 25
04:29599
10:50-704
17:13628
23:18-511
Thu, 2018 Jul 26
05:17585
11:36-711
18:00657
Fri, 2018 Jul 27
00:06-529
06:04586
12:20-727
18:44693
Sat, 2018 Jul 28
00:52-558
06:49596
13:03-744
19:26730
Sun, 2018 Jul 29
01:36-591
07:33608
13:45-756
20:07758


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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