Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Richmond Trail

Tekapo, Canterbury

Submitted by Thomas Nation

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 21 ?

Gnarl Factor: 12 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Point to Point (one way)

Undulating, some big hills

Open tussock/grasslands

Run Makeup


Gravel Road

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +5.7%

Average Downhill Gradient: -5.5%


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This trail starts from the bottom of the Roundhill Access Rd. It's a gentle, steady climb for approximately 3km until you reach the gate on the access road. From here, it is a hard climb (about 2/3rds of the total climbing for this trail) for 3km until you reach the DoC sign for the Richmond trail to your right. Follow the markers along for approximately 6km before starting your decent down the marked track before ending up at the road.

If you don't have transport it is another 10km back along the road to the start point. Alternatively, you can drive approximately 3km to the Roundhill Access gate to make it shorter.

Great views of Lake Tekapo and the Tekapo basin.

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There is no designated car park spot but there is plenty of room to safely park off the road.

25 km

26 minutes





Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

Depending on recent rainfall there may be a number of small streams where you can get a drink. If it's been dry then take your own.

Make sure you check the forecast as the weather can change quickly. If the wind gets up it is very exposed. Potential for snow, ice and mud during winter making the track hard going.

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