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Glentui Waterfall Loop, Canterbury

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Glentui Waterfall LoopBeginner

Submitted by Lisa Ainley

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Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, small hills only

Native bush


0:40 (Slow)
0:25 (Moderate)
0:15 (Fast)



Until the Glentui River Bridge is replaced, check river levels first.

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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.

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Moderate Single Track: 80%

Easy Single Track: 20%

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  • Access

    Head out of Oxford on the Ashley Gorge Road. Cross the Ashley Gorge bridge, about 4-5km up the road and take the left hand turn into Glentui Bush Road. Follow this all the way to the end. It will end in a DOC carpark for Mt Richardson.

    No public transport. Plenty of parking.

    17 km

    19 minutes



  • Staying Safe



    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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