An ancient volcano, a cosy hut and forgotten mines
Are you up for an adventure that feels utterly Kiwi? Join me on this 2-day hike around an ancient dome volcano in the middle of Canterbury. We’ll discover the hidden caves around Woolshed Creek, navigate between gorges, cliffs and climb Mt Somers for epic views over the wilderness I call home. I often come here for a day or two out, now you can too.
You can customize this trip to your liking: We can either spend the night in Woolshed Creek Hut or camp out on the way to Mt Somers, waking up to the sundrenched peaks around us. Or, we can take a few tents and decide on the day.
Either way, you’re in for…
- Unique scenery around an extinct dome volcano
- Rock formations, rhyolite cliffs, water caves and mining relics lost to nature
- Local stories and lessons on backcountry navigation & survival
- Some fantastic stargazing and sunrise
As a born and bred Kiwi, I have been exploring this region since my childhood. With a background in search and rescue, I can also teach you some handy navigation and survival skills – your Adventure, your choice!
Simply contact me once you’ve booked this Adventure and we can talk more about what you want to do.
The outdoors have been a massive part of my life for many years now. With a background in multisport and adventure racing, I have spent a lot of time exploring the incredible terrain we have in our backyard. I have fallen in love with the terrain and scenery, and I look forward to sharing this with you. While I'm not out on adventures, I work as an auditor for Moore Stephens Markhams, and volunteer in an urban search and rescue team. I also worked as a kayak instructor/guide for 5 years training people for the Coast to Coast. Over the years I have picked up a wide range of experiences and skills that you wouldn't expect the accountant to have!
- Multisport and adventure racing
- Urban search and rescue
- Worked as kayak instructor/guide for Coast to Coast and worked with people from all over the world
- First Aid Certificate
Hard or easy, you choose
Hands down: The area around Woolshed Creek and Mt Somers is an explorer’s dream. There is so much to see and do, we can customize this trip to your preference, also depending on weather conditions. The bottom line is, if you want a challenge, it can happen here. Or, we can take it steady and enjoy what the Canterbury region has to offer.
Starting with a scenic drive to the car park, we want to start nice and early to make the most out of our trip. There are multiple tracks leading to Woolshed Creek and we’ll have a closer look at the abandoned mining relics found around here. The first day is easy going and features a short climb to the first lookout before we descend towards the hut.
The area boasts some unique geology and dynamic scenery: Native bush contrasts with cliffs and gorges. Once we’ve reached the hut, we can continue to nearby water caves, relax next to the small river or make our way up Mt Somers if you prefer to camp out.
The following day, we’ll tackle the ascent of the dome volcano dominating the scenery and enjoy the views and a brew on top. If you want to test your navigation skills, we can also take an unmarked route to the peak. We’ll return to the car park over Rhyolite Ridge and should be back around late afternoon.
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!
Cutlery, bowl & cup
Lighter / Matches
Pack Cover / Liner
Sunscreen & hat
Toiletries & Underwear
Top & Bottom Base layer
Torch & Batteries
Warm hat & gloves (March to October)
Warm hiking layer
Cooker & gas/fuel
Personal First Aid Kit
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.
Test your navigation skills
We can take an unmarked route up or down Mt Somers from the junction of Rhyolite Ridge to test and enhance your navigation skills. We’ll decide during the hike, as this also depends on the weather conditions.Free
If you prefer a bit of privacy and views all to yourself, we can continue our hike after exploring Woolshed Creek and find a good camping spot along the way. It might be a bit cold, but there’s nothing like a brew at sunrise on top of a mountain…Free
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?
We can customize this trip to suit your preferences and fitness level. The first day is mostly easy going and we can choose between several tracks that lead to Woolshed Creek, ranging from easy walking to a more challenging climb.
The second day up Mt Somers is quite steep, but we have plenty of time and can take breaks on the way. You’ll enjoy this if you are able to handle some hills and have no major health conditions.
Where will we spend the night?
We can either rough it and camp out on the way to Mt Somers or stay in Woolshed Creek hut that has basic facilities like bunk beds, a kitchen, fireplace, water tank and a drop-toilet.
Do I need mountaineering experience for Mt Somers?
No, not necessarily. Although challenging, this is by no means the ascent of Mt Cook we're talking but it is a good introduction to it. If you're new to big hikes up mountains, you'll do well with me there. A good appreciation and understanding of these routes are useful, but we'll safely get up no matter what.
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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