Part on/part off-leash | Beach / Park | Good for hot days (water) and exposed to the weather (few trees)

Thirty kilometres from Invercargill, the seaside town of Riverton, Aparima, is one of the most popular towns in Western Southland and is a great stop on the Southern Scenic Route. The township is nestled at the western end of Oreti Beach, set in a picturesque location on both sides of the estuary of the Aparima River (also known as Jacobs River). The fondly named “Riviera of the South” is a fantastic place for a family holiday or a real New Zealand “crib” (seaside bach) experience.

Riverton’s surrounding beaches and estuary are natural playgrounds. Taramea Bay is particularly popular as it provides safe, easy swimming, while Mitchell’s Bay is great for surfing. Dolphins regularly swim into the bays and up Riverton’s Aparima River, providing plenty of photo fodder for visitors and locals alike and awe-inspiring close encounters for lucky swimmers.

Dogs allowed off-leash on parts of the beach (see signage).

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