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The official start of the Richmond Trail is actually a 3km walk from the carpark at the bottom of the Roundhill Access Rd. At the turn off for the Roundhill Ski Area, you will find a car park. Walk uphill until you find the sign for Richmond Trail. After 3 km uphill, you will reach a gate. From this gate, it is another 3 km to the DOC sign for the Richmond Trail, which will be on your right.

From this point, the track is undulating hills, though nothing like the initial steep ascent, before you finally head back down the marked track above Boundary Stream. This track will lead you back to Lilybank Road.

Throughout this walk, you will be walking along an old glacial terrace. As a result, you will walk through tussocks and other native vegetation. Due to this low-lying vegetation and the altitude of the walk, you will be able to witness incredible views of Lake Tekapo and the surrounding mountains.

This is a one way walk so you will need to either arrange a pick up at the end of the walk or make your way back 10 km along the road to your starting point at the car park.

Quick Facts

        • Location: Lake Tekapo, South Island, New Zealand
        • Time needed: 4-5 hour walk
        • Distance: 13 km
        • Difficulty: Medium
        • Bikes allowed: This is a shared mountain bike track.
        • Route: One way
        • Elevation: 520 m
        • Wet Feet: Unknown
        • Toilets: No
        • Dogs: No
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes, very good
        • Last Updated: May, 2020
  • Track Highlights

    The track offers stunning views of the blue water of Lake Tekapo and the surrounding mountains, all while walking along an old glacial terrace.

  • Track Quality

    The first 3 km from the DOC signed start of the walk is a steep ascent. The rest of the track. is undulating until the steep descent near Boundary Stream. This track is also a shared mountain bike track.

  • Hazards


  • Transport

    Lake Tekapo township is a stop on InterCity’s bus network.

  • Water

    Drinking water is available in Lake Tekapo township.

  • Driving Instructions

    Lake Tekapo township is along SH8, about 3 hours from Queenstown or Christchurch. This track is on the eastern shores of Lake Tekapo. Turn off SH8 at Tekapo onto Lilybank Road which is a gravel road.

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    There are shops and restaurants in Lake Tekapo Township.

  • Area & Track History

    Lake Tekapo was once covered by glaciers. As the glacier moved, it dumped large amounts of terminal moraine eventually resulting in the damming of the valley causing. The valley filled with water and formed the lake.

  • Camping & huts on or near the walk

    No camping on this walk

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Map of Richmond Trail

Here is the map for Richmond Trail showing it’s location in New Zealand. You can change the view on the map to satellite if you prefer to see an image of where the walk is instead.

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