Next king tide

Thursday 22 August

Our shores are constantly being altered by human and natural processes

Share your images and help create a living record of the changes to our coasts and shorelines and a glimpse of what our daily tides may look like in the future as a result of sea level rise

Changing how and where we play

In Auckland our proximity to the coast means that many of our favourite places to play and relax are near  the water. Some of these locations are strongly impacted by King Tides. 

Sinking ships or new opportunities?

As the City of Sails, Auckland has numerous marinas, jetties, pontoons and mooring locations around its coast. But just because it can float at the moment doesn’t mean it always will. 

Will our infrastructure stay afloat?

What will changes in sea levels mean for the future of Aucklands road and transport system? This photo captures the water spilling over onto Tamaki Drive during a calm King Tide on 1 February 2014.

Thinking about our habitats and homes

With so many of us living and working near the coast sharing the impacts of King Tides through photos provides valuable information on what we need to consider to ensure any impacts from sea level change are planned for, not reacted too.


Part of the Global King Tides movement, King Tides Auckland is an exciting community initiative that encourages people from around the Auckland region to visit and photograph the highest tides (known as King Tides) that naturally occur along our coastline each year.

What are King Tides?

The term “King Tide” is a common term for the highest tides that occur over the course of the year. These especially high tides eventuate when a new or full moon occurs at the same time as the moon is at its closest to the earth (in its perigee).


Become a coastal time traveler and help us see the future impacts of sea level rise on Auckland’s coastline. Grab your camera and photograph the next King Tide event at your local spot. Your photos will help planning for and understanding future changes to our coast.

From the blog

Measure tides and learn about sea level rise

Measure tides and learn about sea level rise

King Tides AKL are thrilled to announce a new project to construct and install water level (tidal) gauges at public coastal locations that can be monitored by communities and schools. The process of capturing and providing water level data to King Tides AKL provides...

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Case Study 1: Waitohu Stream and Dune Care Group, Kapiti Coast

Case Study 1: Waitohu Stream and Dune Care Group, Kapiti Coast

Based on an article by Shane Orchard, University of Canterbury. Background This project began in 1999 as a community response to the level of pollution in the Waitohu Stream. It is led by a volunteer group who devote considerable effort to ensuring that members feel...

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