Gemstone Beach

Gemstone Beach

Gemstone Beach is known for its constant state of change from sand to stones with the storms and tides.

About

Half a kilometre from Orepuki lies Gemstone Beach – beautiful, wild and fascinating. Semi-precious gems such as garnet, jasper, quartz and nephrite can often be found on the beach. A few hours beachcombing could easily yield gems such as hydrogrossular, jasper, fossil worm casts and the elusive sapphire. It is also a great beach for surfing and surfcasting.

This is number 15 on the Riverton-Aparima Heritage Trail Map and number 34 on the Southern Scenic Route Map.

Map

Gemstone Beach

This audio introduces the gems of Gemstone Beach and some of their uses.

Gemstone Beach

Gemstone Beach

Location

Near 483 Tuatapere-Orepuki Highway, Waihoaka 9881, New Zealand