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.
Activities and facilities
- Dog walking
- Shell fish gathering
- Car parking
- Public toilets
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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 ►
Never swim or surf alone.
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
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.
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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
- 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.