Mt Thomas Circuit, Mt Thomas Forest Conservation Park, Canterbury NZ
A quick climb to the summit of Mt Thomas (1036m) for views over the Canterbury Plains & nearby hills, then a pleasant return through native forest.
Mt Thomas (1036m) is one of four smaller mountains less than an hour’s drive to the north-west of Christchurch, all of which have tracks to the summit and circuit options. The others are Mt Oxford, Mt Richardson, and Mt Grey (we’ve yet to climb the latter). Of the three we’ve now climbed, the walk up Mt Thomas was probably the least inspiring, however the loop walk we did was the shortest and hence was a good option when we wanted to get in a half day’s walk and be back in town for early afternoon. To be fair the best views were probably those to the west which were obscured by cloud on the day we did this walk. For me the most scenic section was the return leg from the summit along a broad ridge and then down through a valley of native forest on the Wooded Gully Track. Track notes at the end.
Mt Thomas Circuit: The Scenery
We walked anti-clockwise and it’s a marked track the whole way. It’s reasonably steep along the summit track to the summit, but easy enough walking. It’s then along the broad ridge and down into the valley through lush native forest. Just a half day walk.