A steep but rewarding climb to the top of Mount Thomas (1,023m) in North Canterbury, Waimakariri District, with an option to loop back to the car via a gully or along a ridge. The more adventurous could add an extra loop, with a stay at Bob’s Camp Bivouac and/or Pinchgut Hut.
After a short gravel drive (no 4WD required) from the main road, and from a carpark at the Wooded Gully Campsite (with toilet facilities, a sink, picnic tables, interesting places for the kids to explore, lots of signposts, and an information board with a map of the area), the Mt Thomas walk is a steep, unrelenting, and not entirely interesting 90 minute climb to the summit.
Once at the summit, you’re rewarded with a highly enjoyable walk along a saddle with views on either side. Not long after delving back into forest, a well sign-posted intersection gives you two options to complete the loop back to the car.