Maitland Ridge Circuit

Mt Richmond Forest Park


Grade: Medium

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Sunday 28 May 2023

Cost: $$15


Trip Leader:
Raymond Salisbury

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This relatively new loop connects Beeby’s Knob with Red Hills Hut, creating a circuit. The track was developed by the MTB Trails Trust and now doubles as Te Araroa Trail.


From Six Mile car park, follow the track a short distance to the junction with the track that heads left to join Wots up Doc. This track climbs for 3.9 km to connect with Wots up Doc, about 1 km above From Tophouse Rd. Wots Up Doc sweeps back and forth across the 4WD road, the latter taking a more direct route upwards. Near the top of the range the track heads through a section of beech forest with mossy undergrowth. At the tree line you will reach the turnoff to Maitland Ridge Track; continuing straight is the way to Beeby’s Knob (1442 m) and Beeby’s Hut.

Maitland Ridge Track descends nearly non-stop through stunted mountain beech to a saddle at 1020 m elevation, then climbs gradually through a series of zig-zags toward point 1202 m, passing clearings that allow impressive views across Wairau Valley to Raglan Range. After point 1202 m the track goes through a slightly-technical descent, before crossing another saddle and climbing again to the top of the final descent down a rough 4WD track down to Red Hills Hut.

From Red Hills Hut, descend down Red Hills Track (a 4WD road). After 5 km the 4WD road becomes a shared track, which heads through beech forest for 2 km back to Six Mile car park.


Access: Start at Six Mile car park. Ends: Tophouse Rd at the bottom of Beeby’s Knob 4WD Road.
Distance: Maitland Ridge alone is 7.9 km; full circuit incl. Wots Up Doc and Red Hills Track is 24.5 km.


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