Oxford Walks

Oxford is nestled below the foothills of the Southern Alps, and there are many easy and short walks in and around this country town, some along footpaths and formed roads. Here you can be a part of the beauty and tranquillity of the farmland, native bush and hear the song of native birds as you walk and breathe in the fresh air of Oxford.Please note that some sections of these walks are at the edge of public roads.

Mears Track

Duration: Mears track is approx. 20 minutes. From Oxford township and return is approx. 2 hours. 
Location: From the Main Street, turn right into Mill Road, left into Bush Road on bend and right into Crallans Drain Road (approx 3kms). There is a sealed car park approx 1km from turnoff.
Intensity: Suitable for people of all abilities and fitness
Description of Walk: This stand of native bush is one of few near the Oxford township and is a QEII Covenant. The track is clearly defined with native plants identified, and incorporates seating and a lookout.

Oxford Rural Walk

Duration: Approx. 50 minutes.
Location: From Pearson Park, west along Main Street and turn right into Bay Road, turn left into Bush Road and continue until the intersection of Mill Road. Left into Mill Road to Main Street and continue until you reach the pedestrian crossing.
Intensity: Suitable for people of all abilities and fitness
Description of Walk: Enjoy the rural views, including horses, deer and ostriches. The Puketeraki Range is on your right and the Torlesse Range in front of you.

Eyre Walk

Duration: 45 minutes easy walk.
Intensity: Suitable for people of all abilities and fitness
Location: From Pearson Park, cross the pedestrian crossing, continue walking along the south side of Main Street and past the West Oxford Hotel. Turn left into Commercial Road and enjoy the view of Mt Torlesse and Browns Rock from the seat before you turn left at Burnt Hill Road. Turn right into Harewood Road, left into Matai Place and through the lane, left into Park Avenue where you can see the entrance of Pearson Park.

Oak Walk

Duration: 50 minutes easy walk.
Intensity: Suitable for people of all abilities and fitness
Location: From Pearson Park, travel through the main entrance, follow the oval on the right hand side to the walkway through to Reids Lane. Turn right into Burnett Street and past the Oxford Town Hall, crossing at the pedestrian crossing. Turn right at the corner of High and Main Street and approx 800m on the left hand side is the entrance to Oak Plantation. Meander under the trees, following the marked track, and enjoy the quiet English setting on the seats provided or have a picnic in the dappled light. Follow the fence line along the back where you will come to the Oxford Cemetery. Leave the cemetery through the High Street gate, turn right and return to Pearson Park. Important Information: The walk through the oak trees is closed during lambing season, at high fire risk times and at the leasee’s discretion

Mountain View Walk

Duration: Approx 50 minutes
Intensity: Suitable for people of all abilities and fitness
Location: From Pearson Park, cross the pedestrian crossing and turn back to Park Avenue. Continue along Park Avenue until Harewood Road. Turn left and continue along Harewood Road where you will enjoy views of Big Ben, Puketeraki Range, the Port Hills and Browns Rock. A plane table, native planting and seating will allow you to enjoy the views. Turn left into High Street and continue to the intersection of High and Main Streets. Turn left and follow Main Street back to Pearson Park.

Oxford Millenium Lookout Walk

Duration: If you return the same way, approx 55 minutes.
Intensity: Suitable for people of all abilities and fitness
Location: From Pearson Park and walk through to Dohrmans Road. Right into Bay Road and cross over the intersection of Church Street and Bay Road and continue towards the foothills. At the top is the Oxford Millennium Lookout with views of the Port Hills. Browns Rock and some of the Canterbury Plains can be seen.

Lookout Walk

Duration: Approx 1hr 30mins
Intensity: Suitable for people of all abilities and fitness
Location: From Pearson Park to Oxford Millenium Lookout (as above). To make a longer and more interesting walk, continue along Sales Road, turn right Powells Road, right into Barracks Road, left Burnettt Street off Church Street and back into Pearson Park off Reids Lane.