Altitude: 1m to 66m. Gain: 142m. Loss: 109m . Gradient: 2 deg (Gentle)
The south coast track follows the coastline from Track Burn to the roadend at the Rarakau carpark. For the 1st 4km there is the option of a rough 4wd track or walking on the flat sandy beach if tide permits. At the Waikau RIver you must rejoin the 4WD track, running behind some baches, crossing the river on an impressive bridge, then climbing steeply up the bluffs to the flat terraces above via 130 steps. The final 2km to the carpark is a pleasant winding gravelled / boardwalked track through lush native bush.
All rivers / streams are bridged