Oxford Forest

Oxford Forest Conservation Area covers an area of 11,350 hectares with tracks through the tawai/beech and scattered podocarp forests. Choose from day walks, overnight tramps or mountain biking (permitted on the Wharfedale Track only).

Coopers Creek Carpark to MT Oxford Summit

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Duration of walk: 4 hours one way
Start location: at the western end of Oxford, take Woodside Road. 8km northwest turn right into Mountain Road to the Coopers Creek car park.

Key Highlights:

  • Climb gradually through scattered pockets of beech forest, and then more steeply through snow tussock
  • From the summit of Mt Oxford (1364 metres) there are excellent 360degree views

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Coopers Creek to Ryde Falls

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Duration of walk: 3 hours one way
Start location: at the western end of Oxford, take Woodside Road. 8km northwest turn right into Mountain Road to the Coopers Creek car park.

Key Highlights:

  • This well-formed track will give you great views of the Canterbury Plains and Southern Alps
  • Enter Beech forests before finally descending down to five tiered Ryde Falls
  • Suitable for all abilities and ages

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Wharfedale Track

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Duration of walk: 5 hours one way
Start location: From Oxford drive west on Inland Scenic Highway Route 72 for about 3 km, then turn off along Woodstock Road. After about 10 km turn right up Ingrams Road which turns left into Perhams Road. An AA signpost indicates the turn-off to the start of the Wharfedale Track where the View Hill car park is located. In times of heavy rain two fords on Perhams Road may become impassable.

Key Highlights:

  • An old stock route from 1890s that crosses tussock flats
  • Follows Dobson Stream and is a long easy graded track
  • Very popular with mountain bikers

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