Blowhard Track Details
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.
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 change2,451 ft
Altitude min981 ft
Altitude max3,432 ft
Altitude start981 ft
Altitude end3,432 ft
Distance climb4 miles
Distance down1 miles
Distance flat1 miles
Avg reverse time01:19:34
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- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
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