The beach at Oriental Bay was restored in the early 2000s, when over 22,000 tonnes of sand was barged over Cook Strait from Golden Bay. Small reefs were built at the eastern end of the beach to help trap the sand. The addition of sand has greatly increased the size of the beach, and has proved very popular. Sand levels are monitored, and from time to time more sand will need to be added to replace gradual loss.
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