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


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


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.


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


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


  • Car parking
  • Playground
  • Public toilets


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.



Unpatrolled Beach
Unpatrolled beach.
Never swim or surf alone.

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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 ►

Unpatrolled Beach

Unpatrolled Beach
Unpatrolled beach.
Never swim or surf alone.


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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


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

Many councils 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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