Northern Southland

One of the main rivers in Southland, the 170km long Oreti River has its headwaters close to the Mavora Lakes. It flows south across the Southland Plains to its outflow into Foveaux Strait at the southeastern end of Oreti Beach. En route, it runs through the towns of Lumsden and Winton before passing next to the city of Invercargill, where it shares a large estuary with several smaller rivers - most notably the Waihopai River.

The Oreti is popular for fishing, swimming, rowing and other water activities.

The river has been identified as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International because, for much of its length, it supports breeding colonies of endangered Black-Billed Gulls.

Venture Southland
Last modified
Tue 21 Aug 2018
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