Last Updated: 2nd Mar 2024


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Mt Richardson Rippa

Oxford, Canterbury

Submitted by Meg Mason

Last Updated: 2nd Mar 2024


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Grunt Factor: 22 ?

Gnarl Factor: 47 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills

Dog Friendly

Native bush

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +16.5%

Average Downhill Gradient: -14.5%


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Head clockwise up the Richardson track to the top of Mt Richardson, along the ridge on the aptly named Blowhard Track and down the Bypass Track and the Waterfall Track. The Richardson track is a bit of an uphill slog but not long. Blowhard is lovely but windy (cold!) and semi-flat to the Bypass track down. Most of the Bypass track is easy but gets steepish towards the bottom with a nice walk out along the waterfall track. Was cold at the top with around 10 degrees difference in temp. Could be very muddy after rain, snow possible in winter.

This trail includes the peak Mount Richardson.

Grand views from the top and ridge across north Canterbury to Pegasus Bay and back over Lees Valley to the Alps.

Plenty of parking at the picnic area. There is also camping and a long drop toilet available. It is a dead end road, so very quiet.

16 km

16 minutes




Keep left as heading up the Richardson track - markers were missing near the start. Tracks are well signposted at the main points otherwise.

Generally good.

Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

None noticed. May be available at the picnic area at the bottom.

Muddy after rain. Very cold and exposed on top if windy. Possiblilty of snow and ice in winter.

Mud, slippery roots, steep climbs, snow and ice.

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Damian Cranney

has completed Mt Richardson Rippa 7 times in the last year.

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Trail Reviews

Awesome loop. Loads of damage to the track currently so add a little time on your journey. A small slip section to pass as well as loads of downed trees over the track. Also a washed out bridge that requires a very easy stream crossing (dry feet if you nicely hop boulders). I took my 9 year old on the loop and it felt quite the adventure with a bit of fresh show falling during the descent.

Brion Matthews

September 27, 2021

Awesome loop! Short, steep uphill then a lovely run along an open ridgeline with cracking views before you drop back down into the forest. Nice gradient on the downhill, totally runable. Soooo many wasps today though! Didn't really want to stop in case I got stung!

Stefanie Parks

April 24, 2021

Ooooh what a great loop. Short sharp uphill, long flowing downhill where you can cut loose... one of those rare runs where I found pure joy in the motion.

Matt Halverson

March 29, 2021

Great run but the wasps are the worst I've ever seen, hope the bait stations start having an impact!. Wonderful loop though, one of my favs

Tony Sharpe

March 12, 2021

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