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Waimakariri Walking and Hiking Tracks

Waimakariri is 20 minutes north of Christchurch and home to the major rural townships of Rangiora, Kaiapoi, Pegasus Town, Woodend and Oxford. The Waimakariri district has a great selection of walking tracks from 20 minutes to a couple of hours that will take you along sandy beaches, by lakes, rivers and wetlands or through the native bush.

Kereru Track via Wooded Gully/Red Pine Track

Views over the Canterbury Plains to Pegasus Bay, into the Lees Valley and the upper Okuku River
Popular family picnicking and camping area with Woodend Gully stream running through it.
Pass through native Tawhai and Beech forests

Walk level:
Walking track.

Duration of walk:
1 hour.

Start location:
Hayland Road, off the Oxford to Loburn Road near Garry River.

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Forest Track via Wooded Gully/Summit Tracks

Views over the Canterbury Plains to Pegasus Bay, into the Lees Valley and the upper Okuku River
Pass through native Tawhai and Beech forests

Walk level:
Tramping track.

Duration of walk:
2 hours return.

Start location:
Hayland Road, off the Oxford to Loburn Road near Garry River.

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Red Pine Track via Wooded Gully Track

Views over the Canterbury Plains to Pegasus Bay, into the Lees Valley and the upper Okuku River
Pass through native forest to the saddle with two stream crossings. See one of the large rimu (red pine) that is one of the few remaining in this forest.

Walk level:
Walking track.

Duration of walk:
3 hours return.

Start location:
Hayland Road, off the Oxford to Loburn Road near Garry River.

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Wooded Gully Track

Views over the Canterbury Plains to Pegasus Bay, into the Lees Valley and the upper Okuku River
Popular family picnicking and camping area with Woodend Gully stream running through it. Pass through native Tawhai and Beech forests

Walk level:
Walking track.

Duration of walk:
3 hours one way to summit.

Start location:
Hayland Road, off the Oxford to Loburn Road near Garry River.

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Summit Track – to Mt Thomas Summit

Sweeping panoramic views of the Canterbury Plains, Banks Peninsula and the Southern Alps.
Pass through native Tawhai and Beech forests. The summit is 1023 metres.

Walk level:
Advanced tramping track.

Duration of walk:
3 hours one way to summit.

Start location:
Hayland Road, off the Oxford to Loburn Road near Garry River.

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Ridge Track – to Mt Thomas Summit

Sweeping panoramic views of the Canterbury Plains, Banks Peninsula and the Southern Alps. Pass through native Tawhai and Beech forests.

Walk level:
Advanced tramping track.

Duration of walk:
3 hours to Bob’s Camp Bivouac Route turnoff, 5 hours to Mt Thomas Summit (all times are one way).

Start location:
Hayland Road, off the Oxford to Loburn Road near Garry River.

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Pinchgut Hut via Okuku River

Pass through native Tawhai and Beech forests and an impressive stand of Kanuka. Enjoy panoramic views of the Canterbury Plains, Banks Peninsula and the Southern Alps. DOC Hut available.

Walk level:
Advanced tramping track.

Duration of walk:
5 hours one way.

Start location:
Loburn – Whiterock Road, left into Taaffes Glen Road.

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Glentui Waterfall Track

Beautiful waterfall on the Glentui River with remnants of native vegetation including tawhai, beech and tussock forests. Enjoy great swimming holes and popular picnic and camping spots.

Walk level:
Walking track.

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.

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Glentui Loop Track Nature Trail

Remnants of native vegetation including tawhai, beech and tussock forests with great swimming holes and popular picnic and camping spots.

Walk level:
Walking track.

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.

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Mt Richardson Summit Richardson Track

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

Walk level:
Advanced tramping track.

Duration:
3 hours one way.

Start location:
Glentui Picnic area.

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Bypass Track

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

Walk level:
Advanced tramping track.

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.

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Blowhard Track

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

Walk level:
Advanced tramping track.

Duration:
3-4 hours one way.

Start location:
Maori Reserve Road, Ashley Gorge (near Boys Brigade Camp).

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Coopers Creek Car Park to MT Oxford Summit

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.

Walk level:
Advanced tramping track.

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.

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Coopers Creek to Ryde Falls

This well-formed track will give you great views of the Canterbury Plains and Southern Alps. Start through beech forests before finally descending down to five tiered Ryde Falls. The track is suitable for all abilities and ages.

Walk level:
Walking track.

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.

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Wharfedale Track

An old stock route from 1890s that crosses tussock flats, follows Dobson Stream and is a long easy graded track. The track is very popular with mountain bikers.

Walk level:
Intermediate tramping track.

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.

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