Wharfedale Track

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Walk or mountain bike to Wharfedale Hut.

Track overview

About this track


View Hill car park to Wharfedale Hut (Wharfedale Track)

Time: 5 hr one way
Distance: 15 km one way

The track sidles and gently climbs through beech forest to the saddle. It is then mostly downhill to Wharfedale Hut, close to Dobson Stream.

This track was formed originally as a stock route with the intention of eventually becoming a road linking the plains with Lees Valley. Work began in 1879 but after seven years it was abandoned as a possible road. 

Mountain biking

Time: 3 hr one way
Grade: 3/Intermediate

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.  

Wharfedale Hut to Lees Valley (Townshend Track)

Time: 2 hr 30 min one way
Distance: 8.5 km one way

About half an hour after leaving Wharfedale Hut, the track opens out and follows a 4WD track over grazed flats coming out at Lees Valley Road.

This track crosses the Townshend River twice and may be impassable if river levels are high. There is a flood route between Shifton and Storm Streams that may be used in emergencies – it is not well marked but avoids the need to cross the Townshend River. It is not suitable for mountain bikes.

Mountain biking

Grade: 2/Easy

Getting there: 

From Oxford, follow Ashely Gorge Road for 6 km. Turn into Lees Valley Road and follow this for 20 km to the DOC sign.

These tracks connect with tracks to Birch Hill Hut.

Getting there

These tracks are accessed from 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.


Rangiora Office
Phone:   +64 3 313 0820
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   esienquiries@doc.govt.nz
Address:   32 River Road
Rangiora 7400
Postal Address:   PO Box 349
Rangiora 7440
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