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20th October 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).

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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 Oct 2017

Valid dates: 1 Sep 2007 -- 31 Dec 2020

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TimeTide
(msl mm)
Fri, 2017 Oct 20
01:38-815
07:51764
13:58-741
20:07801
Sat, 2017 Oct 21
02:22-842
08:37789
14:43-742
20:50797
Sun, 2017 Oct 22
03:04-855
09:20804
15:26-735
21:31781
Mon, 2017 Oct 23
03:45-852
10:02804
16:09-716
22:13751
Tue, 2017 Oct 24
04:26-832
10:44790
16:52-685
22:54706
Wed, 2017 Oct 25
05:07-795
11:26762
17:35-645
23:36650
Thu, 2017 Oct 26
05:48-746
12:09723
18:19-600
TimeTide
(msl mm)
Fri, 2017 Oct 27
00:20590
06:31-689
12:53681
19:06-558
Sat, 2017 Oct 28
01:06534
07:16-635
13:39643
19:54-528
Sun, 2017 Oct 29
01:55494
08:04-592
14:27619
20:44-519
Mon, 2017 Oct 30
02:47477
08:55-568
15:17615
21:36-539
Tue, 2017 Oct 31
03:41493
09:48-571
16:08635
22:28-590
Wed, 2017 Nov 01
04:36543
10:43-602
17:00679
23:19-668
Thu, 2017 Nov 02
05:30623
11:37-657
17:50742


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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