Hot Water Beach


Hot Water Beach

Hot Water Beach is a beach on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand, approximately 12 kilometres south east of Whitianga. Its name comes from underground hot springs which filter up through the sand between the high and low water tidal reaches. The beach is a popular destination both for locals and tourists visiting New Zealand. Annual visitor numbers have been estimated at 130,000, making it one of the most popular geothermal attractions in the Waikato region. [Environment Waikato [http://www.ew.govt.nz/enviroinfo/geothermal/fieldsmap/hotwaterbeach.htm] ]

Hot Water Springs

Within two hours either side of low tide, it is possible to dig into the sand allowing hot water to escape to the surface forming a hot water pool. The water temperature which can be as hot as 64ºC (147ºF), filters up from two underground fissures located close to each other. [Mercury Bay Online [http://www.mercurybay.co.nz/activities/hotwaterbeach.php] ] These natural springs can be found on the beach opposite the off-shore rocks. Visiters often dig large holes and relax and soak in the thermal water.

afety

Care needs to be exercised as the location of the hot springs are not far from the sea even at low tide, and visitors may be caught unaware by the large breaking waves. Hot Water Beach is known for its dangerous rip currents, holes and large waves. Signs at the beach advise swimmers not to swim within 50m either side of the off-shore rocks (opposite the springs), and to only swim between the flags if the the volunteer lifeguards are on patrol. Hot Water Beach's rip currents have claimed several unwary visitors and only strong swimmers are advised to enter the water.

Notes and references


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Hot Water Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park — (Hotwater Beach,Новая Зеландия) Категория отеля: 4,5 звезд Адрес …   Каталог отелей

  • Beach Motel and Cabins — (Фитианга,Новая Зеландия) Категория отеля: 3 звездочный отель Адрес: 108 Buffalo Beac …   Каталог отелей

  • Hot springs in New Zealand — for the New Zealand Māori electorate see Waiariki (New Zealand electorate) New Zealand has a large number of hot springs, known as waiariki in Māori. Many of them are used for therapeutic purposes.The highest concentration of such springs is in… …   Wikipedia

  • Beach House on the Moon — Studio album by Jimmy Buffett Released 24 May 1999 …   Wikipedia

  • Hot spring — For places with similar name, see Hot Springs (disambiguation). Grand Prismatic Spring and Midway Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park A hot spring is a spring that is produced by the emergence of geothermally heated groundwater …   Wikipedia

  • Hot springs around the world — There are hot springs on all continents and in many countries around the world. Countries that are renowned for their hot springs include Iceland, New Zealand, Chile and Japan, but there are interesting and unique hot springs in many other places …   Wikipedia

  • Hot Wheels — is a brand of die cast toy car, introduced by American toymaker Mattel in 1968. It was the primary competitor of Johnny Lightning and Matchbox until 1996, when Mattel acquired rights to the Matchbox brand from Tyco. The original, and now famous,… …   Wikipedia

  • Water Taxi Beach — is an artificial temporary beach created on a wharf on the East River in the Hunters Point section of Long Island City, in the New York City borough of Queens. It is operated by the New York Water Taxi Company and is open to the public (for free) …   Wikipedia

  • Beach House Hotel — (Акирас,Бразилия) Категория отеля: Адрес: Rua Alcides Vitória de Oliveira, 925, А …   Каталог отелей

  • Beach — A beach is a geological landform along the shoreline of a body of water. It usually consists of loose particles which are often composed of rock, such as sand, gravel, shingle, pebbles, or cobble. The particles of which the beach is composed can… …   Wikipedia