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Mt Oxford - Wharfdale Track, Canterbury

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Mt Oxford - Wharfdale TrackIntermediate

Submitted by Sarah Mannion

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Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Open ridges/tops


6:00 (Slow)
4:30 (Moderate)
3:00 (Fast)



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This run starts on the Mt Oxford track, climbing to the summit of Mt Oxford before descending to the Wharfedale Hut. It then follows the Wharfedale track before turning off onto the Korimako track. This then joins onto the Ryde Falls Track which takes you back to the start. The Wharfdale track is an easy graded tramping track that is also used by mountain bikers. There are multiple tracks through this area but these are well signposted.

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Features of interest

Wharfedale Track was formed to open up Lees Valley. Work began in 1879 and in seven years £4,537 (about $500,000 equivalent today) had been spent before it was abandoned as a possible road.
Ryde Falls is a five tiered waterfall that is worth a wee side trip from the main track (only takes about 5 minutes to get down).

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 20%

Moderate Single Track: 30%

Easy Single Track: 40%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 10%

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  • Access

    At the western end of Oxford, take Woodside Road. 7 km northwest turn right onto Mountain Road to the Coopers Creek car park.

    There is a gravel parking area with houses nearby making it reasonably safe.

    10 km

    12 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .

    There are a few slips when climbing Mt Oxford which can make the markers harder to find but as long as you are going up you will get to the summit. It is a poled route along the ridge which can be hard to see in poor weather.

    Generally good.

    Long-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map.

    Water is available from various streams at the lower points of the run and at the Wharfedale hut.

    Can be very cold and windy along the tops with snow likely settled during the winter. The Ryde Falls track can be muddy and slippery following rain.

    Wasp numbers are high from January through to March each year.

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