Gemstone Beach

Gemstone Beach

Gemstone Beach is known for its constant state of change from sand to stones with the storms and tides. Semi-precious gems such as garnet, jasper, quartz and nephrite can often be found on the beach.

Gemstone Beach

Gemstone Beach

Originally known by Māori as “Aropaki Beach”, travellers are welcome to take a pebble or two as a remembrance of their visit.



Identifying Gemstones

Jocelyn Thornton released a small booklet titled Gemstones (1985) which may be helpful in identifying some of the gemstones found on Gemstone Beach. The booklet Gemstones is hosted here as a free download.

Tide Times

The best time to visit is below half tide.

Tide times can be found on the Weather page.


Sign posted about ½ kilometre north of Orepuki.

2 Responses

  1. Cheryl says:

    Do you need to go to Gemstone Beach at low tide?

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