6 miles
3,041 ft
-590 ft
Avg time

Blowhard Track Details

  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
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  • Land Manager

Blowhard Track starts at the end of Maori Reserve Road near the Boys Brigade Camp. The track begins as a 4WD track and narrows to a single track as it climbs steeply to the summit of Mt Richardson (1047 m).There are excellent views of both Lees Valley and the Canterbury Plains along the ridgeline. Return the same way with a fast downhill ride. Alternatively, to avoid the slog of a ride up to the top of Mt Richardson, carry your bike up the Mt Richardson track from the end of Glentui Bush Rd.

Best riden after a week of dry weather as it can be slick in the wet.

Note: The lower section is steep and can be rough in places which may require some bike carrying. Bikes are not permitted on the Richardson and the By-pass tracks which also lead from the summit or ridgeline to the Glentui Picnic Area.

This is also a very popular horse-trekking route, and mountain-bike riders must give way to both horse riders and walkers.

Access Info

Located in the Glentui catchment of Mt Thomas Forest, the area is about 60 km north-west of Christchurch, and is reached via either Oxford or Loburn. From Christchurch, drive via Rangiora

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More Stats for Blowhard Track mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    2,451 ft
  • Altitude min
    981 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,432 ft
  • Altitude start
    981 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,432 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 miles
  • Avg time
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Avg: 5 (3 votes)

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