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Croydon Bush - Richardson loop, Southland

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Croydon Bush - Richardson loopIntermediate

Submitted by Marcia Karaitiana

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Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Open ridges/tops


1:20 (Slow)
1:05 (Moderate)
0:45 (Fast)



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This loop is 'easier' if you start by going up to Grant's Lookout first, it is a steady climb from the get go. The track can be boggy over winter, but is dry underfoot spring and summer. Lots of tree roots and rocks to work on your agility!
After reaching the lookout (admire the view) turn right and follow the track through undulating bush (generally gets boggy in here year round!). A sharp climb will take you to the decision making point - straight down the guts for the middle track (very rocky, lots of climbing here) or carry on round to do Richardson's track. Admire the view once more at East Peak before heading down the steep, rocky but easy to follow track.
Warning - the weather closes in quickly here!

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You get a stunning view of Eastern Southland from the top!

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  • Access

    10km north-west of Gore; turn onto Croydon Bush Road from Reaby/Kingdon Road.
    There is a car park area at the end of the gravel road.

    Easy parking at the end of Croydon Bush Road (never seen the car park area chocca!)

    9 km

    10 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Generally good.

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

    There is a stream at the bottom of Richardson's track.

    Can get very boggy through the gully between Grant's and East Peak.
    Can be very windy at East Peak but when in the bush you are well under cover.

  • Post run indulgence

    Thomas Green
    3 Medway Street, Gore
    Damn good food!

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