Our plans for today
On a global comparison, the history of New Zealand is young. A key part of our early settler’s work was their mining efforts, seen frequently by the remaining carts and trains abandoned in the deep bush over 100 years ago.
On the Woolshed Creek hike, we’ll get a chance to go and see the evidence of this first hand – all within ten minutes of leaving the car park. This track only gets better from there with views of our stunning Canterbury hills and plains. I take pride in our region and as we gradually climb up to the tops of the miners’ route, I’ll explain the history and natural world you’re walking over.
Woolshed Creek marks a full day adventure past rhyolite cliffs, historic mines and panoramic lookouts over remote Canterbury and is perfect those new to outdoor hiking, or need something that will entertain the whole family (perhaps even tire out the kids).
The track is blessed with a mixture of terrain, making it a local’s favourite. After passing the first mining relics, the track opens up onto grassy flatlands often seen in films like Lord of the Rings. An hour later, you’ll be at the top of the peaks with a complete view of the surrounding canyons, and even the view of the hut from the distance.
The cosy Woolshed Creek 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 lunch with a view. This is a great chance for Mum to read her book on one of the sloping hills while the river trickles past, while Dad goes to explore the peaks with the kids.
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, so let’s check them out, too.