Glentui (Mount Thomas Forest Conservation Area)

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Glentui is part of Mount Thomas Forest Conservation Area. It is a very popular recreational area that offers visitors a variety of track options from easy walks through the native bush, to moderately steep climbing to the Mt Richardson summit where there are sweeping views of the Puketeraki Range and Lees Valley.

Mountain biking is permitted on the Blowhard Track only. Horse riders also use the Blowhard Track so cyclists take care and watch for other track users.

Important Information: Lighting of fires is prohibited and some tracks may be closed so check with the local DOC office first.



Getting ThereGoogle Map to Glentui Picnic Area

From Oxford, turn onto Glentui Bush Road about 5km passed Ashley Gorge. From Rangiora head to Loburn and take the signposted road to Oxford for about 22km to Glentui Bush Road turn-off. Travel 4km to the Glentui picnic area.

Mt RichardsonMap 


Screen Shot 2018 07 04 at 2.11.44 PM GLENTUI WATERFALL TRACK

Time/Distance: 15 minutes one way, 350m.
Viewing: Waterfall on the Glentui River

Screen Shot 2018 07 04 at 13.04.27 PM GLENTUI NATURE WALK (LOOP TRACK)

Time/Distance: 1 hour return, 2km.

Viewing: River, ridge, forest.

This walk starts from a pleasant picnic area. The track descends to a bridge over the Glentui River and then climbs a ridge on the other side. Steep in places with a few major drop-offs before reaching the ridge. Good footwear is required. Walk in an anti-clockwise direction to avoid steepness.


Screen Shot 2018 07 04 at 6.10.22 PM MT RICHARDSON TRACK

Time/Distance: 3 hours one way, 3.2km.

Viewing: Mountain beech/tawhai forest, tussock grassland, views of mountain ranges and Lees Valley.
Adjoining Tracks: From the summit follow the ridge along Blowhard Track for 3km to Bypass Track and back down to Glentui picnic area, or continue further down Blowhard Track to Maori Reserve Road.

Screen Shot 2018 07 04 at 2.12.24 PM BLOWHARD TRACK

Time/Distance: Walking 4 hours one way, biking 3 hours (uphill), 10km.
Access: Google map to Maori Reserve Road.  Park at the end of Maori Reserve Road.
Viewing: Tall open forest, tussock, skeleton tree trunk remnants from lightning strike fire. Adjoining Tracks: Mount Richardson
(3 hrs one way) and Bypass Track (1-2 hrs one way downhill).
Note: Mountain bikers must return on the Blowhard Track as cycling on the other tracks is not permitted. This is also a popular track for horse riding. Bikers give way to horses.

Screen Shot 2018 07 04 at 7.10.22 PM BYPASS TRACK

Time/Distance: 1-2 hours downhill, 2.8km.
Access points: Links the Mt Richardson and Blowhard Tracks, starting mid-point of the Blowhard Track. Recommended to walk in clockwise direction due to steepness of track.
Note: Mountain bikes and horses are not permitted on this track.


Screen Shot 2018 07 04 at 14.04.27 PM ASHLEY GORGE LOOP TRACK (not on map)

Time/Distance: 45 min return loop, 1.5km.

Access: Google Map Ashley Gorge Recreation Reserve

Park at the Ashley Gorge Recreation Reserve and walk across bridge to the start of the track.

On the loop there is a track leading to a waterfall. This track is 1.5 hours return, 1.3 km each way. Take a drink, a jacket and strong shoes advised. Use this track at your own risk. 

Viewing: View over Ashley River, interesting mix of established and regenerating podocarp/ beech forest, kānuka and tree fuchsia/kōtukutuku.

Note: This track was developed and is maintained by the
local community and includes a comprehensive pest trapping programme.