Rakiura Track: Lee Bay Gate
ElevationAscent: 522' 159 m
Descent: -920' -280 m
High: 426' 130 m
Low: 1' 0 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)
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“A lovely hike along a coastal section of the Rakiura Track.”— Kristen McGlynn
There is also a campsite along the beach on a small, grassy knoll situated on the southern end of the beach. Here, there is a small creek that can be easily waded at low tide, or you can continue inland to a small foot bridge in order to cross without getting your feet wet at high tide.
After this creek crossing, the trail climbs up and around Peter's Point and follows the coast toward Lee Bay. There are some especially scenic coastal views from this vantage point as well as views back toward Mount Anglem to the northwest if you glance back over your shoulder.
The trail then comes to a small inlet and river which at low tide is mainly a wide sand bar. You can hike up the riverbed along the sand bar to come to a swing and a bench, a great spot for lunch or a snack. At high tide, this inlet will be underwater, and you'll have to cross on the short wooden bridge near the mouth of the inlet to keep your feet dry (this bridge is also the recommended crossing at low tide as well).
On the other side of the inlet, you'll pass the junction with the Garden Mounds Track and continue along the coast until you come to Lee Bay and the iconic chain link sculpture that marks this entrance to the Rakiura Track. Take a minute to read about the significance of the sculpture which has ties to the Māori creation story when Māui fished the South Island from the sea, anchoring it with Stewart Island (Rakiura). Perhaps you should even go in search of the matching sculpture that can be found on the South Island in the town of Bluff!
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Land Manager: Department of Conservation - Rakiura National Park