Gemstone Beach

Gemstone Beach, Orepuki: Address, Gemstone Beach Reviews: 4/5

Gemstone Beach
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Roger S
26 contributions
Treasure trove of shiny pebbles
Mar 2021
After visiting the Catlins (a must if you haven't visited the region before) we were told about Gemstone Beach and spent a fascinating hour fossicking among shoals of beautiful pebbles neasr the waterline. Visit at low tide for the best stones!
Written 23 April 2021
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GreatTraveller2014
Wellington, New Zealand84 contributions
Lovely coloured pebbles
Oct 2020
Really nice to spend some time here picking up a few coloured stones. Be nice to know what the stones are - they appear to be washed from the cliffs through erosion.
Written 1 January 2021
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Richard H
Wellington, New Zealand45 contributions
Definitely visit this beach!
Nov 2020 • Couples
On a driving tour of the South Island of New Zealand, we stayed one night in Riverton. It’s a camera ready beach town, and about 20ks up the road you’ll find Gemstone Beach.

Go there at low tide and you’ll spend ages combing for colourful and fascinating stones of all kinds. We had a great time, and we’re not kids any more!

Take your kids and search for treasure. See the photo for the small collection we picked up.
Written 30 November 2020
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Found_Lost_Key
New Zealand1,211 contributions
Interesting geology
Jul 2020
A nice place to explore the beach, especially at low tide and especially on a nice calm day. Plenty of photo opportunities to be had due to the geology of the place.
Written 1 August 2020
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Ruth N
Auckland, New Zealand53 contributions
Gemstones ....are there
Feb 2020
We immediately identified many of the gemstones on this beach and knew what they were, thanks to a geologist Mum who taught us to identify stones and rocks when we were little. Despite knowing some could be absolute stunners if we knew where to tumble and process them we decided to choose just one each to bring home as an acknowledgement of our Mum who passed away 9 months ago. I recommend coming here because it is a wild and beautiful southern facing beach, but if you don't know what you are looking for just enjoy the ambiance and don't try looking for diamonds.
Written 7 March 2020
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fiona c
Liverpool, UK58 contributions
Wild beach with beautiful stones of al colours
Feb 2020
This is a wild windy beach with a stream emptying onto the beach and into the sea. What makes this special is the sheer variety of colours of pebbles on the beach. The colours come out when wet and there is the chance that you can find hydrogrossular garnet, orbicular jaspers, rodingite quartz, nephrites and even sapphire and garnet sands some over a million years old. A good photo opportunity but you are unlikely to be there on your own.
Written 3 March 2020
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Brian
Auckland, New Zealand10 contributions
Gemstones?
Feb 2020
This beach must be visited at a low tide for gem hunting The tide was coming in when I got there but I still had plenty of time to look. No sign of any actual semi precious gems (and I know what I am looking for) but I did find some nice examples of quartz that had been tumbled to round or oval shapes. Maybe a sieve would be good to find anything of more interest. Note the green colored rocks are NOT greenstone as some people think. No camping or toilets here but the nearby toilets at Orepuki hall were very clean and there are interesting information panels across the road.
Written 21 February 2020
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Samuel
1 contribution
Its a beach,.. ? Just a beach.
Feb 2020
Re: Its name
Its been totally combed & sived-out by many human beings & machine. There's nothing there but just stones. All fancy pebbles even, if that are all gone. Not to mention any gemstone.
Written 12 February 2020
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Parsons4
5 contributions
Worth a look
Dec 2019 • Family
We took the scenic route from Invercargill to te anau stopping along the way. This beach has a remote and wild feel. The spaciousness and vast spread of stones with its own beauty was amazing. No such gemstones to be found but worth stopping for a visit.
Written 9 January 2020
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riggersrock
Port Ludlow, WA121 contributions
Good beach walking and colorful stones
Nov 2019
I don't think I would recognize a gem if I saw one but the rocks are colorful. It was fun to walk along the beach. Probably would be best at low tide but we had fun gathering stones.
Written 31 December 2019
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