Oreti Beach Track

  • Walking

At the eastern end of the bridge on SH99, turn into Jetty Street and onto Leader Street. There is a riverside track here beside a line of pine trees that takes walkers around to the beach. Drop down onto the sand and head south around the estuary mouth and onto Oreti Beach. Take care when the tide is high. 

About 4 hours (12km) into the journey walkers need to ford the mouth of Waimatuku Stream. This crossing can be difficult at high tide but is straightforward at mid to low tide. Plan your approach accordingly.

It is then a further 10km walk along the beach to the Dunns Road exit, which becomes visible at a gap in the dunes. There is a power pole here with a streetlight attached. Follow Dunns Road for 7km towards Invercargill and another 2km once Dunns Road becomes Stead Street, which crosses the estuary towards Tweed Street, and the start of Invercargill’s CBD where you'll find accommodation, shops etc.

The section ends over the road bridge where the Rotary Club’s Stead Street Wharf Walkway begins on the right hand side.


Potential hazards:

  • Vehicles on road or track
  • Tides, waves & rivers - safer at low tide
  • River crossings - Never cross flooded rivers
  • Track exposed to sun, wind or cold
  • Weather extremes
  • Few water sources

How to get here

Northern Start: Junction of SH99 and Bay Road, Riverton

Southern End: Stead Street, Invercargill

Track Elevation

Map of Track

More information

Te Araroa Southland trail notes, including information about accommodation, transport and resupplying

Mountain Safety Council Plan My Trip
Page last updated: Jan 6, 2021, 11:15 AM