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    Lees Creek

    Wondering if anyone has been up that way recently? Just have a couple of questions about access


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    Mate was up there a few weeks ago. Stayed a couple of nights in the hut and hunted from there. Slim pickings from what he said
    Its a public road so shouldn't be a problem. Swing bridge across the Wairau.
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    Hmm. I rang the station and they seemed pretty iffy about there being access. My understanding was that itís a public road too. Last time I was up there I needed to park just before a ford that looked a bit too rugged for the station wagon


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    The open public access ends at the ford just past the ski field road. Past there it is up to Rainbow station whether to allow vehicle access. There is a bridge further down the station that currently requires repair work so the road may not be open as normal this season. You can park up before the gate and walk into Lees from there but it adds about an hour walking along the road. Or contact the station manager and request vehicle access through the locked gate. If he knows you are only going as far as Lees he may give it.
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    I heard Rainbow might not be opening this summer due to the 200m slip. Was talking to local digger operator here who used to do the work and he reckoned that all they do now is push the slip off the road where as he used to track high up the slope and create runoffs to stop the slip from happening again so soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shearer View Post
    The open public access ends at the ford just past the ski field road. Past there it is up to Rainbow station whether to allow vehicle access. There is a bridge further down the station that currently requires repair work so the road may not be open as normal this season. You can park up before the gate and walk into Lees from there but it adds about an hour walking along the road. Or contact the station manager and request vehicle access through the locked gate. If he knows you are only going as far as Lees he may give it.
    https://www.rainbowstation.co.nz/get-access
    I think thatís where I drove to the other day but didnít explore further. They werenít that receptive when I called the other day but I didnít speak to the station manager


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    Part of the Rainbow valley problem is that a portion of the road is private and not actually on the paper road. There has been a long succession of farm managers that won't let anyone through. Some have gotten quite aggressive, another beautiful valley that is being treated as private land. I've only ever gone into Lees creek when the road is open. Have tried getting permission but to no avail both in person and phoning.
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    I didnít mention on the phone to them that I was thinking of taking my dog with me but being that the paper road ends at that ford Iíd imagine they wouldnít be that keen on it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 300wsm for life View Post
    Part of the Rainbow valley problem is that a portion of the road is private and not actually on the paper road. There has been a long succession of farm managers that won't let anyone through. Some have gotten quite aggressive, another beautiful valley that is being treated as private land. I've only ever gone into Lees creek when the road is open. Have tried getting permission but to no avail both in person and phoning.
    There was a few people on mountain bikes leaving from the ford heading up but had left before I got a chance to talk to them. I do wonder if someone with a rifle on their back would be met with a little more resistance than a push bike.


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    Quote Originally Posted by HOO View Post
    There was a few people on mountain bikes leaving from the ford heading up but had left before I got a chance to talk to them. I do wonder if someone with a rifle on their back would be met with a little more resistance than a push bike.


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    I am pretty sure there is no problem walking the road with a rifle (unloaded, bolt out etc) to get into Lees creek. Bit like going down Poronui Station to get to the Oamaru. Just stick to the road and don't shoot any sheep.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shearer View Post
    I am pretty sure there is no problem walking the road with a rifle (unloaded, bolt out etc) to get into Lees creek. Bit like going down Poronui Station to get to the Oamaru. Just stick to the road and don't shoot any sheep.
    Any idea how theyíd feel about a dog on a leash?


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