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Gore Bay

Gore Bay is a popular summertime and holiday location for people in the Canterbury region. It is popular for swimming and you can surf and fish there all year round. Facilities on the beach, and access to it are very good. Conditions are safest in surf under 1 metre. There are some coastal walkways in the immediate area surrounding Gore Bay and these are popular also.

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Family friendly

This beach has limited facilities and may not be ideal for families. Not patrolled by Surf Lifeguards.

Swimming

Gore Bay is a popular beach for swimming , mainly in the summertime for locals in the area. The bay has a number of holiday bach's and a motor camp. Conditions are safest in conditions under 1 metre of surf. It is rare for this beach to have no surf and the waves can be deceivingly powerful. As the beach has a degree of steepness to its decline into the ocean, the undertow can be strong. Rip currents associated with the headlands and river mouth should be avoided by swimmers. There is no Lifeguarding service at the beach

Surfing

Gore Bay is one of the Canterbury regions better surfing locations. It is a beach break which is offshore in northwest to southwest winds. There are normally 2 bars, but more can develop in larger seas. The best tide to surf on varies due to the bars.

Fishing

Surfcasting off the beach is possible, but is generally better off the rocky headlands of the bay, or near the river mouth.

Activities and facilities

Activities

  • Canoeing/kayaking
  • Dog walking
  • Motorbikes/4WD's
  • Shell fish gathering

Facilities

  • Car parking
  • Playground
  • Public toilets

Safety

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

Hazards

Patrols

Unpatrolled Beach
Unpatrolled beach.
Never swim or surf alone.

Forecast provided by SwellMap.com

Mainly clear with some cloud
20°c
Max Temp.
17°c
Water Temp.

Water Conditions

For boating and surfing
Poor. 1/10
1
Poor. 3/10
3

Tides

4:30Am
High
10:50Am
Low
5:00Pm
High
11:10Pm
Low

Safety at Gore Bay

We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Gore Bay. But take a moment to learn more about being safe on New Zealand Beaches. More ►

Unpatrolled Beach

Unpatrolled Beach
Unpatrolled beach.
Never swim or surf alone.
 

Hazards

Click a safety symbol for more information on the risk

4 simple rules to keep you safe

We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Gore Bay. 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

Location

Gore Bay is located 8 km southeast of Cheviot. The bay is 3000 metres in length and has a shingle/sandy shoreline. The beach has a fairly gentle slope into the ocean. The bay has rocky headlands to the north and south and a river mouth towards the northern end about two thirds of the way along the bay. Gore Bay is protected from southerly swells by the Port Robinson headland, of which the bays southern headland forms part of. The beach is backed by a small number of residential homes and bach's, hill country and farms. The beach has good facilities. There are a number of coastal walkways on the surrounding headlands. Gore Bay is a popular summertime area for many of the regions locals.

Public Transport

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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

Very Low Risk

Less than 1% risk of illness

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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