Walking Tracks

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The mountain valleys and ridgelines offer opportunity to enjoy alpine and forest environments for those who love to hike or short bush walks. Village walks are close by for those who prefer a leisurely amble. For walks around the village download Let's Walk Oxford map.


Oxford Forest Conservation Area covers an area of 11,350 hectares with tracks through the tawai/beech and scattered podocarp forests. Choose from day walks, overnight tramps or mountain biking (permitted on the Wharfedale Track only).

Mountain Biking

  • Wharfedale Track - 15km, 3 hours one way

  • Townshend Track - 8.5km (from the Wharfedale Hut to Lees Valley). Private land, access may be restricted during lambing. Crosses Townshend River twice, check levels.


  • Ashley Gorge Lop Track (see info below)

  • Ashley Gorge Waterfall Track (off the Loop Track)

  • Ryde Falls Track from Coopers Creek

  • Korimako Track to Ryde Falls 

  • View Hill to Coopers Creek

  • Mt Oxford from View Hill

  • Mt Oxford Track from Coopers Creek 

  • Wharfedale Track

  • Townshend Track (from the Wharfedale Hut to Lees Valley) 

  • Black Hill Track (from the end of Townshend Track to Black Hill Hut

  • Fosters Ridge Track (from Wharfedale Track to Black Hut)

  • Mt Oxford Route (from Wharfedale Hut to View Hill to Mt Oxford Track)


For more information please refer to the DoC  or Visit Waimakariri website.







The Ashley Gorge

Take time out to visit the Ashley Gorge. Have a play a the playground, grab an ice-cream and enjoy a paddle in the river.

The Ashley Gorge Walking Tracks

Enjoy a walk on the Ashley Gorge Loop Track, an easy 1 hour return loop (1.5km). You can choose to walk the new waterfall track (additional 2.1km) taking it to two and a half hours return. The 15 metre waterfall is covered in moss (to ensure preservation please do not touch). It is suitable for walkers of all ages incorporating a steady but easy climb to a spectacular ridge lookout.

See unusually large specimens of black beech, matai, broadleaf, kanuka and whiteywood plus groves of fuschia and lancewood. There are even some kahikatea in the wet. Park at the Ashley Gorge Recreation Reserve and walk across bridge to the start of the track. This track was developed and is maintained by the local community and includes a comprehensive pest trapping programme to revitalize bird numbers. There are fantails, bellbirds, waxeyes and maybe even tomtits on the hill. From the ridge lookout see the winding course of the Ashley River all the way to Pegasus Bay, Christchurch and the Port Hills.

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