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.
Activities and facilities
- Dog walking
- Scuba diving
- Shell fish gathering
- Wind/kite surfing
- Car parking
- Food and beverage kiosk
- Public toilets
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.
Stay safe - swim beween the flags.
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Safety at Hot Water Beach
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. More ►
Stay safe - swim beween the flags.
The volunteer patrol service at this beach will commence in the summer season. More information about the 2018/2019 season (including start/end dates and times) will be available here once they are confirmed.
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
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.
Sorry, we have no public transport information available for this beach.
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.