Richmond Trail

Image: Roseanne Taurima | Creative Commons

Introduction

Enjoy stunning views of Lake Tekapo while walking or riding this track.

Track overview

13 km one way

Walking and tramping

4 - 5 hr Easy: Walking track

Mountain biking

2 - 3 hr Advanced: Grade 4

Dog access

No dogs

About this track

Description

From Lilybank Road, turn off at Roundhill Ski Area. There is a formed car park at the locked gate on the ski area access road. It is an uphill walk from the car park. After 3 km look out for the Richmond Trail sign.

The trail travels along an old glacial terrace through tussocks and patches of native vegetation. On a fine day you get sweeping views of Lake Tekapo and the surrounding mountains. It is a steep descent above Boundary Stream on the way back to Lilybank Road. 

This trail starts and finishes in different places so two vehicles are required or an arranged pick-up.

Richmond Trail.
Walkers on Richmond Trail with Lake Tekapo in the background

Mountain biking

Richmond Trail is best cycled in a clock-wise direction. Park at the car park on Roundhill Ski Area access road and ride 3 km uphill to the trail start. It is straight forward riding along the terrace before the descent to Lilybank Road. Parts of the descent are steep, but these can be walked.

This is a shared-use track. Follow the mountain bikers code: respect others, respect the rules, respect the track.

Getting there

This track is on the eastern shores of Lake Tekapo. Turn off SH8 at Tekapo onto Lilybank Road which is a gravel road.

Know before you go

Map: NZTopo50 BY17 Lake Tekapo

Contacts

Ōtautahi / Christchurch Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 379 4082
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   christchurchvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   28 Worcester Boulevard
Christchurch 8013
Postal Address:   Private Bag 11089
Christchurch 8443
Te Manahuna / Twizel Office
Phone:   +64 3 435 0802
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   twizel@doc.govt.nz
Address:   15 Wairepo Road
Twizel 7901
Postal Address:   Private Bag
Twizel 7944
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