Lee Bay Road, Rakiura National Park

For panoramic forest views over Oban, the 4-5 hour walk up Garden Mound cannot be beaten.

Garden Mound escaped the early milling activity that was widespread from Port William (Potirepo) to the northern coast of Paterson Inlet (Whaka a Te Wera). In the early 1900s, it became a popular place for locals to visit, being one of the few areas close to the village with forest still intact and abundant birdlife. Huge rimu, rātā, miro and kāmahi along with ferns and mosses feature on the track, which climbs steeply to 160m before dropping steadily to Little River.

The start of Garden Mound track is signposted on the left, about half way along the Lee Bay Road. A scenic loop trip is possible by returning via the Maori Beach track which emerges at the end of the Lee Bay Road.

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Last modified
Tue 26 Jun 2018
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