Oreti Beach gets swimmers during the summer months but the beach is not that good for fishing or surfing. Oreti Surf Life Saving Club is located behind the beach in the large sand dunes. Patrons can drive onto the beach and there is a great deal of hard sand from around mid tide to low tide. The beach commonly has rips. Side shore drift and holes can form depending on conditions.
Activities and facilities
- Dog walking
- Horse riding
- Wind-powered vehicles
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Safety at Oreti Beach
We want you to have a great time whilst visiting Oreti 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 Oreti 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
Oreti Beach is located 13 kilometres from Invercargill and faces out towards Stewart Island over the Foreaux Strait. Oreti Beach is the location of New Zealand’s southern most Surf Life Saving Club, Oreti Surf Club. The beach is very long, stretching from Otaitai Bush in the west for over 30 kilometres to the inlet mouth of new river estuary in the east. The beach is a hard pack golden sand that is easily driven on. Behind the beach are massive sand dunes that are well established and quite stable. The beach slopes gently into the ocean and this low gradient continues for some distance into the ocean creating a huge surf zone of 500-600 metres. The beach is backed by a small residential community and motor camp. Oreti Surf Life Saving Club is located in the sand dunes behind the beach.
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.