Glentui and Mt Richardson
Mt Richardson is a small peak within daytrip distance of Christchurch, and close to the Ashley Gorge. The Richardson Track is steep and leads through beech forest, taking just over two hours from the Glentui Picnic Area. From the top, at 1047 metres, there is a grand view across nearby peaks and valleys.
Click once on map to enlarge. Map link at the end of this post.
Richardson Track through open beech forest
Beech trees and understorey of ferns
Summit of Mt Richardson
Next two photos show the view from the summit.
Lees Valley with Ashley River and Puketeraki Range behind
Mt Oxford (centre left) Torless Range (centre right) and Craigeburn Range (far right) with dracophyllum in foreground
Everlasting daisy (Anaphalioides bellidioides)
Lichen-covered beech trunk
Moss and lichen-covered trunk
Track through black moss-covered beech trees
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