Rugged peaks, climbs into the sky and a cosy hut
This region is one of Canterbury’s finest for hiking, camping and outdoor adventures. It offers great experiences for families, children, the older generation and even the more extreme, with professional cavers frequently seen in the gorges and water caves around here.
This overnight trip is a must-do if you’re wanting to get away from technology and the noise of the city. It’s a local’s favourite and offers a chance for people of all levels to get out and experience the New Zealand backcountry. Woolshed Creek combines the best of all worlds; good walking and tramping, fantastic views and plenty of nature to immerse yourself in.
- Experience a well-kept Canterbury hut and meet other locals from the region.
- Fantastic all year round and even more spectacular with some snowfall.
- Embrace exciting side trips, like the surrounding caves, emerald pools and swing bridge. We may also get the chance to watch the local conservation volunteers at work (they’re always keen to stop and show what they’re up to).
- Discover mining relics from nearly 100 years ago – now owned and taken back by nature.
This is an easy-going, enjoyable experience out into the wonderful Canterbury hills. Join me today and let’s get out there!
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.
- 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.
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!
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.
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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?
While the first day starts off with an easy walk to the hut, the climb up Mt Somers on the second day is challenging and will definitely get your legs burning. You’ll enjoy this if you’re able to handle hills and have done some sort of hiking before.
There are some steep sections and I highly recommend using hiking poles to save your energy, although we can take plenty of breaks along the way to catch our breath and soak in the views.
What’s our accommodation like for the night?
We’ll spend the night in Woolshed Creek hut but can also opt to camp out if you have a tent. Simply send me a message about what you prefer and we can customize our trip. The hut is maintained by DOC and provides basic facilities like bunk beds, a kitchen, fireplace, water tank and a drop-toilet.
If we choose to spend the night in a tent, we can still use the facilities. Either way, Woolshed Creek always makes for interesting chats with locals and some good stargazing.
I don’t have much time but still want to explore the area. Do you offer other trips nearby?
Yes, if you don’t have 2 full days to spare there’s always my Woolshed Creek day tour. It’s an easy trip and offers heaps of stunning views and interesting sights like hidden mining relics in the bush and more. Check it out here.
Why is there a bus stop at the top of the mountain!?
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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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