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Hot Water Beach

Hot Water Beach is popular for swimming, surfing and fishing nearly all year round. The Hot Water Springs at the beach are very popular and attract many tourists. Hot Water Beach frequently has waves and dangerous rips. Swimmers are advised to swim in the patrolled area during Lifeguard hours and to ask locals for advice on beach safety.

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This beach is great for families large and small, with typically small waves and great facilities. It is patrolled by Surf Lifeguards during the summer months.


Swimming at Hot Water Beach is very popular, but frequently dangerous. The beach attracts a great deal of tourists all year round and over the warmer summer months they will generally go for a swim. When there are waves, rips become strong and there have been many incidents and also deaths. Swimmers should always swim in the patrolled area when there are patrols operating. The smaller main beach area is a better place to swim than the northern end because there are generally people around to help swimmers if they get into trouble.


Hot Water Beach has some of the better surf on the Coromandel. The beach break provides good waves and left and right breaks form all along the shore. The best waves are at the southern end off the rocky outcrop that extends from the headland. This is a right hander and it is the most surfed wave in the area.


Hot Water Beach is popular for surfcasting. This can be done anywhere along the beach foreshore. There are no boat launching facilities at the beach but offshore fishing in the area is popular.

Activities and facilities


  • Canoeing/kayaking
  • Dog walking
  • Scuba diving
  • Shell fish gathering
  • Wind/kite surfing


  • Car parking
  • Food and beverage kiosk
  • Public toilets
  • Shower


The beach is our favourite playground, but it can also be a dangerous place. Learn about the hazards at Hot Water Beach and be prepared so you and your family can enjoy the sun, sea and sand safely this summer.



Patrolled Beach
Hot Water Beach is a patrolled beach.
Stay safe - swim beween the flags.

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Safety at Hot Water Beach

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Patrolled Beach

Patrolled Beach
Hot Water Beach is a patrolled beach.
Stay safe - swim beween the flags.

Patrol Hours

Hot Water Beach is surveillance patrolled 7 Days a week from 26 October 2019 to 26 April 2020, both Volunteer & Paid Lifeguards are present during Low Tide periods during daylight hours. Additionally from the 21 December 2019 to 25 January 2020 a supervised flagged is also present 7 days a week, hours are 10:00am to 5:00pm.


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4 simple rules to keep you safe

We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Hot Water Beach. But take a moment to learn more about being safe on New Zealand beaches and looking out for each other. More ►

The Water Safety Code:

  • Be prepared
  • Watch out for yourself and others
  • Be aware of the dangers
  • Know your limits
DIAL 111 in the event of an emergency


Hot Water Beach is located 8 kilometres south of Hahei Beach. The beach has a small residential settlement, a shop and toilet facilities. More importantly the beach, due to its high usage and dangerous conditions has Professional Lifeguards over the summer months. There are also tubes and fins position on the beachfront during the summer months and a rescue box at the beach. Hot Water Beach has golden sand and as the name would suggest, there is hot water. Patrons can dig holes in the sand at mid to low tide and there is a hot water stream under the sand, making your own personal hot spring. The beach is broken into two sections, the smaller main beach that is around 200 metres in length and the larger beach at the northern end. The two beaches are separated by a rocky tree cover outcrop that can be passed at low tide without getting wet. There is a headland at each end and a rocky out crop off the southern headland.

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Beach Water Quality

The Overall Recreation Risk is a guide to give a general picture of water quality at a site. Updated annually, it is calculated from bacteria (enterococci) data collected over the last three years. The Overall Recreation Risk indicator is a precautionary approach to managing health risk and is not designed to represent health risk on a particular day. As such, a site can have an Overall Recreation Risk of ‘Caution’ but still be suitable for swimming some of the time.

Overall recreation risk

The long term risk status based on three years of data


There is not enough data to generate a recreational risk grade.

Many councils also provide the results of their weekly monitoring. This lets people know what the most recent bacteria levels were. Remember, even sites with low risk can be unsuitable to swim at from time to time and we recommend that you avoid swimming for 48 hours after heavy rainfall.

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