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Mt Thomas via Ridge Track, Canterbury

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Mt Thomas via Ridge TrackBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by John Davis

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Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back


Native bush
Open tussock/grasslands

Beginner - Intermediate

3:45 (Slow)
3:00 (Moderate)
2:15 (Fast)



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A nice way up Mt Thomas (avoiding the leg wrecking stairs of wooded gully and the unrelenting steepness of the Summit Track). Hardest part of the route is getting to the start of the ridge track itself without getting lost on the logging roads (total lack of signage) - from the car park head west on the main road and take the SECOND turn on the right (which veers off at an angle), follow that road up for 600m and the ridge track starts on the right, initially up thru logged pineforest before entering the beech forest at about 3km. Follow the ridge track up to the top and turn right, following the ridgeline along to the summit of Mt Thomas (at the 8km mark). Easiest option down is to retrace your route, or you can go down the Summit Track (steep but unstepped) or Wooded Gully Track (way too many steps).

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Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 90%

Gravel Road: 10%

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Mt Thomas Grunt

Mt Thomas Grunt

Length: 10.00km

Mt Thomas Routes and Ridges

Mt Thomas Routes and Ridges

Length: 28.50km


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  • Access

    Mt Thomas carpark (end of Hayland Road)

    23 km

    20 minutes



  • Staying Safe



    Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    nil - take plenty

    relatively high so tends to have plenty of snow in winter.

    Wasps can be a major issue in summer

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