• Hot Water Beach Info

    Hot Water Beach is a beach on Mercury Bay on the east shore of the Coromandel Peninsula, about 12 kilometres south east of Whitianga, New Zealand, and about 175 kilometres from Auckland by car. Its name comes from underground hot springs which filter upward through the sand involving the high and low water tidal reaches. The shore is a well-known destination both for tourists and locals . Yearly visitor numbers are estimated at 700,000, making it one of the most popular geothermal draws in the Waikato Region.

    Within two hours either side of low tide, it’s likely to dig to the sand letting hot water to escape to the surface. The water, having a temperature as hot as 64 °C (147 °F), filters upward from two subterranean fissures situated close to every other.[2] These natural springs are available on the beach opposite the offshore stone. Visitors frequently dig out holes that are big and relax and soak in the thermal water. Many visitors bring bucket and a spade together. Spades can be hired in the nearby surf store.

     

    As the place of the hot springs aren’t far in the sea even at low tide, care should be exercised, and visitors could be caught unaware by the big waves that are breaking. Hot Water Beach is famous for big waves and its dangerous rip currents, holes. Signals in the seashore guide swimmers to not swim within 50m both sides of the offshore stone (opposite the springs), and also to just swim between the flags in the event the Hot Water Beach Lifeguard Service[4] are on patrol. Hot Water Beach’s rip currents have claimed the lives of just powerful and several unwary visitors and seasoned swimmers are guided to go into the water.