Our Adventuring plans
Woolshed Creek is a full overnight adventure past rhyolite cliffs, historic mines and panoramic lookouts over remote Canterbury. We won’t rush this trip as the surrounding tracks are all very accessible.
With the drive being a couple of hours, I often try to convince my Visitors to opt for an overnight stay. The Woolshed Hut is fantastic for those wanting to both experience a “luxury hut” (as far as huts go) and a chance to safely explore the backcountry at night. With zero light pollution, you can see right into our neighbouring galaxies during clear nights.
After passing the first mining relics (great for some good family photos), the track opens up onto grassy flatlands often seen in movies like Lord of the Rings. Within an hour, you’ll be at the top of the peaks with a complete view of the surrounding canyons, and even the view of the Woolshed Creek Hut in the distance.
The cosy hut among rocky outcrops and a beautiful mountain river (good enough to drink) offers the chance to unwind under the afternoon sun, have a swim and enjoy lunch with a view. Bring a book or we can head out for a wander, the options are open but I will help guide them.
The following day, we’ll tackle the ascent of Mt Somers which takes us past unique rock formations, cliffs and lookouts over the Canterbury plains. On the summit, you’ll have panoramic views across New Zealand’s largest region – time to soak in the scenery and enjoy a brew!
As with all my Adventures and Tours, the itinerary is there as a guide. During our drive, we can check local spots for good coffee and food, spend time exploring conservation efforts in the region and have a good yarn with the locals.
Woolshed Creek combines a good climb and plenty of hidden gems, including interesting side trips that will enchant young and old on the first day. Come and see for yourself!