Glentui (Mount Thomas Forest Conservation Area) 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 There: 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.
GLENTUI WATERFALL TRACK
Time/Distance: 15 minutes one way, 350m.
Viewing: Waterfall on the Glentui River
GLENTUI NATURE WALK (LOOP TRACK)
Time/Distance: 1 hour return, 2km.
Viewing: River, ridge, forest.
Note: Recommend walking this in an anti-clockwise direction to avoid steepness.
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.
Time/Distance: Walking 4 hours one way, biking 3 hours (uphill), 10km.
Access: 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.
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.
ASHLEY GORGE LOOP TRACK
Time/Distance: 45 min return loop, 1.5km.
Access: Park at the Ashley Gorge Recreation Reserve and walk across bridge to the start of the track.
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.