Croydon Bush Walks
Location: Five minutes’ drive from Dolamore Park
Time: 1 to 2 hour return
Footwear: tramping boots recommended
Starting point: Grant’s Bush car park
There are three tracks, maintained by the Hokonui Tramping Club, which eventually lead to East Peak (620m), with spectacular views over the Gore District and Waimea Plains.
Grants Knob Track
Head left up a well-defined track which climbs steadily through bush to Grants Knob. From here there are views to Hedgehope Hill, Ships Cone, High Peak and East Peak. For a longer tramp, follow the sign which takes you down through bush and up to Middle Ridge.
Middle Ridge Track
Turn right from the DOC sign, cross the creek and walk up into the clearing. Turn sharply left into the bush, and follow the track, climbing steadily up a ridge and onto a rocky spine. Take your choice of either the Grants or Richardson tracks to return.
Instead of turning sharp left at the clearing (Middle Ridge Track), drop down the hill to the fence. Follow the fence line left to the stile. Climb the stile and follow the track through the pine trees, crossing a creek and then turn left. A steady climb through bush leads into tussocks, eventually ending at East Park where there is a trig station.
Get on ya bike!
Mountain bikers are catered for here too. Just down the road, discover the 6km Hokonui Water Race Trail, which can be ridden in either direction starting at the Pope Road or Domain Road car parks. The track is suitable for competent riders (grade 2-3). Two kilometres of single track riding exists for the more experienced rider (grade 4) from the Pope Road car park. Mountain biking is not allowed in Dolamore Park.
Learn more about the mountain bike trails here.