Rhyolite cliffs, epic views and a cosy hut
Woolshed Creek is a very popular trip at Bushman Tours with families, small groups and beginners wanting to experience a local gem. This day hike will take you high into the Canterbury hills and allow your group the opportunity to experience history mining relics and amazing views across the surrounding plains.
If a spare day in Christchurch needs filling, this Adventure can keep you busy, fit and entertained over 8 hours.
- This day tour is great for those wanting to get out of the city and catch nature and the Canterbury hills up close.
- Embrace the day with some local cafes on the way out including a chance to learn about the mining history of the area.
- Family-friendly, plenty of routes and side trips available.
My favourite thing about Woolshed Creek is the variety of activities around. No matter what you want to achieve today – be it hiking, mountain climbing, swimming or caving – this spot has it.
I’m an absolute outdoors nut that is always up for a challenge. I love NZ and love showing and teaching others about our beautiful homeland even more. If I’m not paddling, pedalling or running you will find me hiking in the mountains. As a born and bred Kiwi I love everything to do with this beautiful place. I truly believe it is one of the best places on earth and there is no better way to see it than by getting out and exploring. I have a passion for teaching others about the outdoors and love to see people thriving in the NZ wilderness. I have a creative streak so you may even get to experience some outdoor crafts on your journey, or some fresh baked goods.
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Your day, your options
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, canyons and roaring rivers, all with a local Kiwi guide.
Woolshed Creek marks a full day adventure past rhyolite cliffs, historic mines and panoramic lookouts over remote Canterbury. Its accessibility and awesome surroundings make this a playground for outdoor enthusiasts.
The track is blessed with a mixture of terrain. After passing the first mining relics (great for some good family photos), the track opens up onto grassy flatlands often seen in some of our best homegrown films…you know the ones. 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 which makes a fantastic photo in itself.
The cosy hut among rocky outcrops and a beautiful mountain river (good enough to drink, by the way) offers the chance to unwind under the afternoon sun, have a swim and lunch with a view.
The area is famous for its caving and dramatic canyons – there are plenty of hidden side trips around the hut, if you haven’t had enough adventure yet. Although the itinerary is in place to ensure a fun-well packed day, you’re always welcome to suggest more plans for your day.
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!
750ML Water Bottle
Sunscreen & hat
Top Base layer
Torch & Batteries
Warm hat & gloves (March to October)
Cutlery & cup
Lighter / Matches
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.
Side trip to Swingbridge, Emerald Pool and Watercaves
These side trips are great if you have a bit of time. We'll do this after reaching the hut and can leave our gear safely behind while we view the caves and beautiful, natural features. 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.+ $250 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 and is it suitable for children?
This track often sees families and hikers of all ages and fitness levels head out. There are some good hills to traverse, but if you’re not a keen climber we can opt for an easier route along an old 4x4 track. You’ll have a good time even if you haven’t been out hiking before - we can take breaks while looking for the mining relics hidden in the bush and there are plenty of spots to rest and catch our breath.
Should I bring some snacks and lunch?
Yes, you can either bring your own food or select our options at check-out. I recommend some energy-rich snacks to get you up those hills and a lunch that will keep you full until dinner. It’s a full day trip and the views are much nicer if you have something tasty to munch on.
Our food options include a snack bag (nuts, chocolates and fruit) and some traditional backcountry lunches (creamy soups, Italian pasta, the list goes on…)
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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