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24th April 2019

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 Apr 2019

Valid dates: 1 Sep 2007 -- 31 Dec 2020

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TimeTide
(msl mm)
Wed, 2019 Apr 24
04:15-802
10:20817
16:33-908
22:53865
Thu, 2019 Apr 25
05:04-733
11:07732
17:20-827
23:41797
Fri, 2019 Apr 26
05:53-661
11:55644
18:07-740
Sat, 2019 Apr 27
00:29728
06:43-597
12:45564
18:55-658
Sun, 2019 Apr 28
01:19667
07:35-550
13:37503
19:46-592
Mon, 2019 Apr 29
02:09624
08:28-526
14:31469
20:39-548
Tue, 2019 Apr 30
03:01601
09:21-529
15:26465
21:32-530
TimeTide
(msl mm)
Wed, 2019 May 01
03:51600
10:12-556
16:20490
22:24-536
Thu, 2019 May 02
04:40616
11:00-602
17:10539
23:14-561
Fri, 2019 May 03
05:26645
11:44-660
17:57602
Sat, 2019 May 04
00:01-597
06:10679
12:27-724
18:42672
Sun, 2019 May 05
00:46-638
06:53714
13:09-786
19:25740
Mon, 2019 May 06
01:31-677
07:35743
13:50-840
20:08800
Tue, 2019 May 07
02:15-708
08:18764
14:32-881
20:52846


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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