Canterbury Plains from Mt Oxford

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Climb to the summit of Mt Oxford (1364 m) for good views of the Canterbury Plains and into Lees Valley.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

8 hr Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

Dogs on a leash only

About this track


Combine these tracks with the Ryde Falls Track for a loop walk from Coopers Creek or View Hill car park.

Coopers Creek car park to Mt Oxford

Time: 4 hr one way

From the car park, cross Coopers Creek and follow the marked track to the bridge over the east branch of Coopers Creek. Climb gradually through scattered pockets of beech forest, and then more steeply through snow tussock.

Getting there:

2 km south of Oxford, turn off SH72 (Inland Scenic Route) onto Woodside Road. Follow this for 7 km, then turn into Mountain Road and continue to Coopers Creek car park at the end.

View Hill car park to Mt Oxford

Time: 4 hr one way

Branch off Wharfedale Track about 20 minutes from View Hill car park. Follow the ridge through forest eventually opening onto tussock grassland as you head towards Mt Oxford summit.

Getting there:

4 km south of Oxford, turn off SH72 (Inland Scenic Route) onto Woodstock Road. Follow this for 10 km then turn into Ingrams Road, then into Limeworks Road, which becomes Perhams Road. An AA sign here indicates the turn-off to the start of the Wharfedale Track where the View Hill car park is located.

In times of heavy rain two fords on Perhams Road may become impassable and the road may be muddy. 4WD vehicles are advisable.  

Getting there

These tracks are accessed from SH72 (Inland Scenic Route), just south of Oxford.

Know before you go

NZTopo50 map sheet: BW22

Wasp populations reach high numbers from January to March – wear light-coloured clothing and carry antihistamine cream/tablets as a precaution.

Before you go into the outdoors, tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. To do this, use the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process on the AdventureSmart website. It is endorsed by New Zealand's search and rescue agencies and provides three simple options to tell someone you trust the details about your trip.


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