Silver Qualmark Award for Bushman Tours
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Woolshed Creek is really popular at Bushman Tours and a few of us Bushmen & women offer a variety of trips. Mine is focused on having a typical Cantabrian evening on the quiet, beautiful outskirts of Mount Somers.
The quality of the track and stunning scenery makes it perfect for families, those who are new to hiking and groups of almost any size. Woolshed Creek Hut is a prime, well-known place to spend the night. We’ll get the fire on at night while preparing our traditional backcountry dinner in the huge kitchen space. The hut is surrounded by a decking area, which is a great spot for an evening brew under the stars while you listen to the gentle river nearby.
If you book this Adventure, you’ll get a tour through Canterbury’s globally recognised farmlands as we drive into the mountains. I will also share the history of the mining industry that used to run through these hills and we’ll have the chance to spot native wildlife like the Karearea, NZ’s only native falcon.
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I'm a 50-something woman enjoying a second teenagehood. I'm a glider pilot who's discovered the spiritual bond I feel in the air extends to the earth and the bush. I'm a writer by profession, a storyteller by inclination, and I have a wide knowledge of the New Zealand bush, its trees, birds, insects, the earth below it and the sky above. People who come hiking with me will feel welcome in the wilderness. I'll share the stories of the place and help you see the small things that you may not know to even look for. We'll take our time. Hiking with me is about being in the here and now, looking, listening, smelling and connecting to the land. I am not about rushing to make it to the end, just to tick a journey off the list. I'll tell you my stories but I also want to hear yours. This is your journey, your trip and I want to make it the best experience you can have.
We’ll start the day with a scenic drive across Canterbury, with the chance to stop in the quaint villages on the way to grab a coffee and snacks.
Once we arrive, keep an eye out for historic mining relics and native wildlife – this particular hike is full of them, including our beautiful fantails. While following the track over grassy flats often seen in films like Lord of the Rings, I’ll tell you more about the local conservation efforts and unique flora and fauna you can find around here. Not long now and we’ll find ourselves at the top of the hill, where you’ll have a complete view of the surrounding canyons, mountains and farmlands.
Our accommodation for the night is situated among rocky outcrops and next to a beautiful mountain river. Here, you’ll get the chance to unwind under the afternoon sun, have a swim and lunch with a view. Plenty of hidden side trips are sure to entertain the whole group for the day – the area is famous for its dramatic canyons and creeks and is occasionally visited by deer.
The next day, we’ll follow the South Face of Mt Somers, visit the (infamous) bus stop and make our way over Rhyolite Cliffs back to the car park for a very cruisy drive back to Christchurch. If you’re new to the city, this is the chance for me to share some of my local knowledge for your trip – don’t forget to ask me.
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.
The hills surrounding Woolshed Creek are blessed with many exciting features, like the emerald pools and water caves (very frequently used by professional cavers who we might even pass on the walk). If you're up for it, we can arrange to check these out after reaching the hut.Free
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.<br /> <br />+ $250 NZD
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.
Definitely! Woolshed Creek is great for families, even if your kids haven’t been on an overnight hike yet.
There are several side trips around the hut that will keep them busy exploring and the hut has a fireplace to keep them warm and happy.
Multiple routes lead to the hut and we can pick the one that suits your fitness level and confidence - all of them have stunning views!
There are some good hills to traverse over, but we can take breaks along the way to look for mining relics and admire the scenery. You’ll enjoy it no matter if beginner or expert!
We’ll stay in Woolshed Creek Hut which is maintained by DOC and provides basic facilities like bunk beds, a fireplace, kitchen, drop toilet and water tank. It’s located right next to a river and you don’t want to miss the stargazing here!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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