Wander the tops of Canterbury

This is a Canterbury classic, a mountain that’s seen from just about any spot. A climb up Mt Oxford makes for a perfect day trip if you have some spare time in Christchurch. With varied scenery and lookouts over the Canterbury Plains and into Lees Valley, this is a locals’ favourite and a rewarding workout for beginners and experts alike. The views at the top are spectacular and probably the most rewarding in this region. You will see the peninsula and the full south and north coast of the Christchurch region – as far south as the Timaru coastline and as far north as Hurunui.

  • Climb the highest peak of the Canterbury foothills.
  • Learn about the delicate bee and honey farms in the region.
  • Enjoy vast views from the Southern Alps to the coast.
  • Challenge yourself on this tough, but achievable climb.

The native beech and podocarp trees found here are all that remains of the great forest that once covered northern Canterbury. This gnarled “goblin forest” contrasts with the smooth tussock slopes around the summit and makes for some great photo opportunities.

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$299 NZD

* Save up to $154 NZD by bringing 4 friends

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Donate a trap

This may not be for you, but many are surprised that only one $45 trap can save up to 1,000 native birds in its lifetime. If you want to be part of New Zealand conservations efforts on a personal level then donate this trap. Your name and special Visitor number will be written on it so that we can record your traps contribution to saving our native wildlife. If time allows, you’ll even get to sign and set the trap you donate.

Airport pickup

Keen and heading out on your Adventure the moment you land into New Zealand? It’ll save you a lot on accommodation and we can arrange luggage storage. Your Bushman will message you for flight details and times.

Energy Snacks

If you need that extra boost during the day trip, it’s worth ensuring you have some high-protein snacks. We’ll have this sorted for you with NZ’s best energy bars & snacks.

Food or Allergy Requirements

If you have any food or allergy requirements your Bushman needs to know about, please add the details here. You can send more information on this via your dashboard once booked.

Summary
Mt Oxford Route Canterbury

Adventure up Mt Oxford

Jordan Pearson Bushman Tours Profile image Hiking with Jordan
Pricing
No. of Adventurers Price Per Person Total Cost
1 $299 NZD $299 NZD
2 $189 NZD $378 NZD
3 $165 NZD $495 NZD
4 $145 NZD $580 NZD

Prices are excluding GST and will be calculated at checkout.

Duration

10 hours

Distance

10km
Altitude An icon depicting the altitude of this adventure. 1364m

Difficulty

Charities

Map of Canterbury
Who's taking me on this adventure?

Jordan

The outdoors have been a massive part of my life for many years now. With a background in multisport and adventure racing, I have spent a lot of time exploring the incredible terrain we have in our backyard. I have fallen in love with the terrain and scenery, and I look forward to sharing this with you. While I'm not out on adventures, I work as an auditor for Moore Stephens Markhams, and volunteer in an urban search and rescue team. I also worked as a kayak instructor/guide for 5 years training people for the Coast to Coast. Over the years I have picked up a wide range of experiences and skills that you wouldn't expect the accountant to have!

Experience

  • Multisport and adventure racing
  • Urban search and rescue
  • Worked as kayak instructor/guide for Coast to Coast and worked with people from all over the world
  • First Aid Certificate
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Gear

All tours require the proper gear to ensure you’re having the time of your life, and are well prepared if things go south. It’s the real and rugged New Zealand out there!

Required

  • 750ml Water Bottle

    750ML Water Bottle

  • Day Pack

    Day Pack

  • Hand Sanitiser

    Hand Sanitiser

  • Hiking Pants

    Hiking Pants

  • Rain Jacket

    Rain Jacket

  • Recreational Footwear

    Recreational Footwear

  • Sunscreen and hat

    Sunscreen & hat

  • Top Base Layer

    Top Base layer

  • Torch and Batteries

    Torch & Batteries

  • Warm Hat and Gloves

    Warm hat & gloves (March to October)

  • Whistle

    Whistle

Optional

  • Cutlery and Cup

    Cutlery & cup

  • Hiking Socks

    Hiking Socks

  • Inspect Repellent

    Insect Repellent

  • Lighter and Matches

    Lighter / Matches

  • First Aid

    Personal First Aid Kit

Q & A

Your Bushman has added a couple of answers to questions other Visitors have asked in the past to help you with your booking plans. Once you book a tour, you'll be in direct contact with your Bushman for more support.

  • How steep is the climb?

    Once you're through the native beech forest, the track gets quite steep and challenging (your lungs will certainly burn). We can take our time and I recommend using hiking poles if you’re struggling with ascents. You can either bring your own or hire a pair.

  • What kind of clothes should I bring?

    It can get windy at the summit, so you should definitely have a few layers of breathable clothing to keep warm. Have a look at our minimum required gear if you are unsure.

    Light colours are also a good idea, there are lots of wasps in the area from January to March.

FAQs

Here’s a few answers to the more general questions about the whole journey. You can visit our help and support area for any further information or contact us via the chat function.

  • What is the refund and cancellation policy?

    Bushman Tours sets a standard cancellation policy that can be found via our Terms & Conditions. This is globally set at 48 hours notice. However, Bushmen may add to this depending on the requirements for the Adventure (e.g. - hiring gear and renting equipment on your behalf). The final policy will be located at the bottom of the checkout, or you can reach out to us to check.

  • What happens if the tour is cancelled due to weather?

    In most cases, the Bushman can arrange another day to run your tour, but this also comes down to when you're available if travelling through New Zealand. We recommend ensuring you have insurance for cancellation of any tours. If the Bushman has to cancel due to a health risk, we will call you to arrange another option.

  • What gear do I need?

    Although we have a minimum requirement of gear, you will need the right equipment and gear that is relevant to the Adventure you're booking. This is usually found at the bottom of each tour page, but for our minimum, please visit our FAQs & blog page.

  • Can I hire gear/equipment?

    In some circumstances, your Bushman will have equipment for you to hire. This is available to browse and book through the checkout. We may also have options through our checkout. Although you may be able to borrow gear during the tour, it's important to reserve it now.

  • What food shall I bring?

    Depending on the length, this can vary. Your Bushman will advise on the tour page what is recommended for this particular Adventure, but typically, what we offer at checkout via the add-ons section is what you'll need. Keep it lightweight and nutritious if you buy your own.

  • Where do I meet my Bushman?

    We always try to pick the closest iSite (Visitor Centre) to your Adventure's location. Instructions on precisely where to meet are sent after the booking is made. However, you can also message your Bushman and arrange another location as long as it's close enough to the region.

  • How much extra is it to add family/friends onto the booking?

    If you book and find that more people want to come with you, we can arrange to add them onto the booking (this is dependant on the Bushman's preference to the number of people to take out). The more that book on the original checkout option, the cheaper the fee for each individual - so spread the word before you go to book! Please note, you cannot add or bring extra people 48 hours before the tour starts.

  • Can I talk to my Bushman before the Adventure?

    Absolutely! Once you book, you will be able to login and chat directly to your Bushman through a private, secure chat. Here you can arrange some extras you would like to do, timings for pick up and much more.

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