Natural Attraction

Colac Bay/Ōraka

Colac Foreshore Road, Colac Bay

Colac Bay Ōraka is a 10 minute drive westward from Riverton. The bay is very popular for surfing, with waves suitable for all levels, and its northern end is good for swimming. The Colac Bay Classic, a surf competition for all ages, is held annually in the bay.

The bay's sandy beach is great for most coastal activities, such as beachcombing, walking, paddling, fishing, diving or horse riding, and in places you can see Raratoka Island, Centre Island and Stewart Island.

A small township of the same name is nestled in the bay and is a popular seaside retreat. It features a large quirky statue of a surfer riding a wave that offers a great photo opportunity for tourists. The area around the township and the bay has a long history of Māori settlement and was also the site of a significant Chinese gold mining village called Canton. European settlers milled timber in the area from the 1850s onwards, with the town booming after the arrival of the railway in 1881.

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Last modified
Mon 2 Aug 2021
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