Bob’s Camp Bivouac Route
5 hr one way
From Wooded Gully Picnic Area, follow Wooded Gully Track (see Mt Thomas walking tracks) until you reach the saddle at the head of the valley.
Turn left and follow Ridge Track until you reach the sign marking the start of Bob’s Camp Bivouac Route.
From the sign follow the marked route along the ridgeline, dropping steeply into beech forest. Follow the undulating route northwest along the ridgeline until you reach a tussock clearing above Cattle Peak Stream. From here follow the poled route down to Bob's Camp Biv.
Water can be obtained from the upper tributaries of the Cattle Peak Stream east of the biv.
From Wooded Gully Picnic Area to turn-off onto Ridge Track - 3 hours.
From Ridge Track to Bob's Camp Biv - 2 hours.
Mt Thomas is about 60 km northwest of Christchurch by road and is reached through Rangiora and Loburn, or Oxford and the Ashley Gorge.
The major access point into the forest is Hayland Road, which turns off Birch Hill Road. Wooded Gully picnic and camping area is at the end of Hayland Road.
Plan and prepare
This route is unmarked and is suitable for experienced and well-prepared parties only.
Infomap 260 sheets L34 Puketeraki and M34 Amberley cover the Mt Thomas Forest.
Always use the permanent fireplaces provided and take care when lighting fires. Do not cut live trees for firewood.
A fire permit is required for all other fires. During periods of extreme fire risk the lighting of fires is prohibited, and some areas or tracks may be closed.
Dial 111 to report fire.
Beware of wasps here in summer. Wasp populations reach high numbers from January to March each year.
It is recommended that forest users carry wasp first aid kits as a precaution. These are generally available from chemists.
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