Richardson Track

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Climb to the summit of Mt Richardson (1047 m) for great views to the Puketeraki Range and over Lees Valley. Walking and tramping 46 hr return Richardson and Blowhard tracks climb up to Mt Richardson from different road ends. The tracks can be combined with the Bypass Track to make a circuit. Richardson Track Time: 3 hr one way Starting at the Glentui picnic area, this moderate to steep track climbs first through tawhai forest and then through tussock grasslands and Dracophyllum scrub on the upper slopes of Mt Richardson. From here it is possible to continue on Bypass Track to form a loop back to the Glentui picnic area, or down Blowhard Track to come out on Maori Reserve Road. A good track for people with moderate fitness. Getting there: Start this track at the end of Glentui Bush Road. Blowhard Track Time: 4 hr one way The lower portion of this track climbs a wind-swept ridge through tall open forest and emerges through stunted tawhai onto open grasslands. Skeleton tree trunks along the top ridge are a legacy of wildfire which swept up the Lees Valley in 1980. Getting there: The track starts at the end of Maori Reserve Road. Dogs on a leash only.

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