Rhyolite cliffs, epic views and a cosy hut

Got a spare day in Christchurch? Can you see those mountains in the distance but don’t know how to get to them? My Woolshed Creek Tour offers the perfect chance to see our rugged peaks, roaring rivers and canyons, all with a local Kiwi guide!

This day tour is great for those wanting to get out of the city and catch the Canterbury Plains and rolling hills of our bustling agriculture industry. You’ll get a chance to stop off at some cute, local towns and settlements before we head deep into the hills. You need little experience to complete this route, but it also happens to be very enjoyable for those with plenty – hence why I love guiding this track.

Woolshed Creek is easily one of local Cantabrian’s favourites with hikers, schools and couples just needing some time away using this isolated region as the perfect day out. 

If hills, rivers, views and nature sound like you, Woolshed Creek is your perfect getaway. I’ve done this route dozens of times; let me show you its charm.

  • We’ll explore the small, quaint villages on the drive out as well as a chance to grab some local food – helping out communities and cafés as we head south-west.
  • Get a chance to see some fantastic mining relics eaten up by 100 years of forest growth.
  • Perfect and safe enough for children, those new to the outdoors and the older generation.
  • Spend the afternoon around the hut, on the decking, in the fresh river or exploring the surrounding canyons.
From: $125
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Photographs of Your Adventure

Book this Adventure’s Lensman to come out with you and capture the experience. Leave your camera at home and enjoy the experience while a professional photographer captures stunning photographs of you, your group and the views.

Freeze Dried Mushroom & Potato Soup (V) (+$7)

A light lunch option: A heart-warming mushroom flavoured soup with creamy mashed potato. Gluten-Free, contains milk. (Only order what you need for your group size)

Freeze Dried Chicken Soup (+$7)

A light lunch option: Tasty chicken soup with rice noodles and vegetable broth. Gluten-Free, contains chicken and milk. (Only order what you need for your group size)

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
Woolshed Creek with Bushman Stefan

Day at Woolshed Creek

Stefan Warnaar Bushman Tours Profile Image Hiking with Stefan

Duration

8 hours

Distance

11km
Altitude An icon depicting the altitude of this adventure. 900m

Difficulty

Charities

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Who's taking me on this adventure?

Stefan

I have travelled and hiked around the world, but there is no place like the South Island of New Zealand. My best memories have been out in the mountains on foot, skis, or raft. I want to share New Zealand's backcountry experience and explore our unique environment with others. I love to explore places that stay off the radar, whether it's countries few have heard of, or huts that only get a couple of visits a year. Finding unforgettable views, wildlife that rarely sees humans, and bush in its wild state has made a huge impression on me. Enjoying these places while conserving them and leaving them in better condition for the future is crucial. Come with me and discover remote and pristine valleys, mountains and bush. Plus, fall in love with backcountry hut life by the fire, bathtub or natural hot pools.

Experience

  • Deep knowledge of local and regional backcountry as well as the West Coast.
  • Has travelled Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Georgia, Armenia, for personal travel that mixed multi day trips, day hikes, camping, huts, guesthouses, all up to 4000m.​
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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

  • Hiking Pants

    Hiking Pants

  • Rain Jacket

    Rain Jacket

  • Recreational Footwear

    Recreational Footwear

  • Sunscreen and hat

    Sunscreen & hat

  • 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

Extras

There are add-on extras for this tour. These are the little things that’ll either make your Adventure easier to organise or more rugged - your choice. You can add these during the booking process.

  • Sidetrip to Swingbridge, Emerald Pool and Watercaves

    This side trip is great if you have a bit of time. We'll do this after reaching the hut, and can leave our gear safely at the hut while we view the caves and beautiful, natural water. Book this in now so we can prepare the day's schedule.

    Free
  • Photographs of Your Adventure

    Book this Adventure’s Lensman to come out with you and capture the experience. Leave your camera at home and enjoy the experience while someone else captures stunning photographs of you, your family and the views.

    + $150 NZD

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 fit do I have to be?

    The track is easy and allows for plenty of breaks while searching for mining relics hidden in the bush. It’s great for those with less time on their hands or new to backcountry hiking in New Zealand.

    Experience on some good hills is helpful but this is a very safe track and we can set a good pace.

  • Is this a good track for my family (children + grandparents)?

    Yes, Woolshed Creek is great for all ages. We can opt for an easier route following an old 4x4 track or choose a steeper path if your family wants a more challenging walk - all of the routes have stunning views. There are some uphill sections, so all hikers should be in good health and able to handle hills.

  • Are there any opportunities to break up the drive?

    Absolutely. I can show you my favourite local cafés on the way, where we can enjoy a coffee and pie before tackling the outdoors.

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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