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Richmond Trail, Canterbury

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Richmond TrailBeginner

Submitted by Thomas Nation

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Front country - easily accessible

Point to Point (one way)

Undulating, some big hills

Open tussock/grasslands


3:30 (Slow)
2:30 (Moderate)
1:45 (Fast)



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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.

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Features of interest

Great views of Lake Tekapo and the Tekapo basin.

Make Up of Run

Easy Single Track: 65%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 5%

Gravel Road: 30%

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  • Access

    This track starts at the turn off to Roundhill Ski Field from Lilybank Rd

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

    25 km

    26 minutes



  • Staying Safe



    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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