178 Main Road, Rakiura National Park

Starting at the end of Main Road in Oban, a three hour track leads to Kaipipi Bay. In its heyday, this track was one of the busiest and best maintained roads on the island, with people and supplies travelling back and forth between the two mills at the bay and Oban. During the first 30 years of timber milling, activity was very intense and more than 100 people were employed at the mills. A large wharf was created at Kaipipi Bay to ship the timber out.

The predominant vegetation along this old logging road track is regenerating forest. The surface is still in reasonable condition considering all the traffic that has travelled along it. At the end of the track a small grassy clearing looks out over the scenic Kaipipi Bay. The track continues on to North Arm Hut, part of the Rakiura Track Great Walk.

Department of Conservation
Last modified
Tue 26 Jun 2018
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