Ridge Track junction
Image: Ruth McKie | Creative Commons
Time: 3 hr
From Wooded Gully Picnic Area, follow Wooded Gully Track (see Mt Thomas walking tracks) until you reach the saddle at the head of the valley.
Turn left and follow Ridge Track until you reach the sign marking the start of Bob’s Camp Bivouac Route.
Time: 2 hr
From the sign follow the marked route along the ridgeline, dropping steeply into beech forest. Follow the undulating route northwest along the ridgeline until you reach a tussock clearing above Cattle Peak Stream. From here follow the poled route down to Bob's Camp Biv.
Water can be obtained from the upper tributaries of the Cattle Peak Stream east of the biv.
From Oxford, follow Ashley Gorge Road for 13 km to Glentui. Continue on Birch Hill Road for 6 km then turn into Hayland Road and follow this for 4 km to the end.
Birch Hill Road can also be accessed from Rangiora via Loburn.
NZTopo50 map sheet: BW23 (Cust)
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