Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Glentui Waterfall Loop

Oxford, Canterbury

Submitted by Lisa Ainley

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 7

Gnarl Factor: 47








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, small hills only

Dog Friendly

Native bush

Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +13.8%

Average Downhill Gradient: -18.5%


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From the car park follow the DOC signs for the Glentui Bush Loop. It starts with a short sharp decent, crosses the bridge and follows with a short sharp ascent. Then it undulates after that.

At the first junction continue straight ahead - the left branch. (The right branch is signed and takes you up the By Pass track to the summit of Mt Richardson). Cross a small bridge and continue on to the river crossing of the Glentui River. At the time of writing the ridge had been washed away in the floods of '21' but it was still only ankle deep during the wet season. But check the levels first as it can rise quickly after heavy rain.

Continue across the river and the track will climb up to the main Richardson track. Turn left (right heads up to the Summit of Mt Richardson) and about 200m further along the track take the unmarked track to the left.

Follow this to a lovely waterfall. Stop and have a look. Enjoy the view. Then continue on and you will come back onto the main Richardson track again (the whole detour is only about 300m). Turn left and continue down to the car park. A nice short loop for after work, or if you have more time turn around and do the loop the other direction.


No public transport. Plenty of parking.

17 km

19 minutes





Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

Water Available in the River

Beware after heavy rain if bridge not replaced

Bees and wasps may be present in season

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Lisa Ainley

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