Richardson, Mt

Mt Richardson is small 1047m peak in the Mt Thomas Forest park near Oxford, and is within daytrip distance from Christchurch. The peak can be approached up the appropriately named Richardson Track, which travels through beech forest and over some tussock tops.

It is possible to make it a 4-6 hour loop journey, by following Blowhard and Bypass Tracks back to the Glentui Carpark.

The track is mostly shaded by beech forest so is a nice walk on a hot day.

List Status Official
Elevation 1,047 m (3,435 ft)
Location/List South Island, New Zealand
Region Canterbury
Location Coordinates 43° 10′ 50″ S, 172° 13′ 22″ E
Nearest Town/s Oxford, Christchurch
Range Mt Thomas Forest
Recommended Route
Duration Help.gif 4-6 hours (return)
Distance 7.5 km (4.7 mi)
Start/End Points Glentui picnic area and carpark
Difficulty Help.gif Medium
Track conditions Help.gif Track
Sights Forest , Views of the Lees Valley, beech forest
Hazards Wasps (Jan – Mar), alpine weather & snow/ice in winter

Getting There

By Car

From the centre of Oxford township, follow the big green sign to Ashley Gorge (near the BP Service Station). Continue for about 8km, past the Ashley Gorge Reserve and then turn off and cross the bridge towards Glentui. Glentui is about 12 km from Oxford.

At Glentui, turn left up Glentui Bush Road, and drive all the way to the end to the Glentui Picnic Area and carpark. You will pass a homestay and motel on the way down Glentui Bush Road.

Google Earth Map

NZ Topographic Map

Height Profile

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