Glentui Forest & Mt Richardson

Pack a picnic and head out to Glentui Forest and Mt Richardson in the Waimakariri district. Discover waterfalls, native vegetation and skeleton tree trunks on walks ranging from 1 - 8 hours.

Glentui Waterfall Track

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Duration of walk: 30 minutes return
Start location:  Glentui picnic area. This is located about 5 km east of the Ashley Gorge Bridge turn left onto Glentui Bush Road, off the Oxford to Loburn Road. This winding gravel road emerges at the picnic area after about 2.5 km.

Key highlights:  

  • Beautiful waterfall on the Glentui River
  • Remnants of native vegetation including tawhai, beech and tussock forests
  • Great swimming holes
  • Popular picnic and camping spot

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Glentui Loop Track Nature Trail

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Duration: 1 hour return
Start location: Glentui picnic area. This is located about 5 km east of the Ashley Gorge Bridge turn left onto Glentui Bush Road, off the Oxford to Loburn Road. This winding gravel road emerges at the picnic area after about 2.5 km.

Key highlights:

  • Remnants of native vegetation including tawhai, beech and tussock forests
  • Great swimming holes
  • Popular picnic and camping spot

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Mt Richardson Summit Richardson Track

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Duration: 3 hours one way
Start location: Glentui Picnic area

Key highlights:

  • Pass through native Tawhai and Beech forests
  • Mt Richardson Summit is 1047m
  • Great views of the Puketeraki Range and Lees Valley

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Bypass Track

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Duration: 1-2 hours one way (downhill). The round trip from the Glentui Picnic Area via the Richardson, Blowhard, and Bypass tracks is a 4-6 hour walk.
Start location: Glentui Picnic area

Key highlights:

  • Pass through native Tawhai and Beech forests
  • Mt Richardson Summit is 1047m

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Blowhard Track

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Duration: 3-4 hours one way
Start location: Maori Reserve Road, Ashley Gorge (near Boys Bridgade Camp)

Key highlights:

  • Pass through tall native Tawhai and Beech forests
  • Skeleton tree trunks which are a legacy of lightning strikes in the 1980

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