A cosy hut under the stars
A simple, easy-going overnight trip to a well-maintained backcountry hut. Accessible for all ages and groups of many sizes. This is the perfect trip to get away from tourist crowds and learn where the locals go!
NZ is famous for its beautiful day walks, but people often oversee the best spots by not allowing enough time for a decent hike during their trip. Have you spent a night in one of our iconic backcountry huts yet? Woolshed Creek is a great choice for anyone wanting an easy and rewarding getaway.
This is an extension of my Woolshed Creek Day Hike you can find here.
- Explore rugged canyons and cave systems.
- Sleep in a well-maintained hut with a fireplace and huge deck next to a river
- Fantastic for stargazers and those wanting to relax in nature
- Plenty of activities around and popular with locals (you can’t beat a good evening yarn around the fire).
Situated on the outskirts of Mt Somers, spending an extra day in the area gives us the chance to really get to know the rugged peaks, canyons and caves around – there is much to see and discover!
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.
- Peak Safety 2-day Outdoor First Aid
- Full time professional tour guide throughout New Zealand
An open-ended trip
My priority for this tour is for you to experience what you’re looking for. If you don’t know what that is yet, I treasure Woolshed Creek and Mount Somers for its diverse range of activities. While Woolshed Creek can be done in a day, the overnight option gives us the chance to relax and explore the secrets of the area, including water caves, a Emerald Pool and a typical backcountry swingbridge. After a hectic year, some time away in nature like this is just what the doctor ordered.
We can either meet at the carpark or you can join me on the scenic drive from Christchurch to the trail start. Either way, it’s always a good idea to break up the drive by grabbing a coffee and pie from the local cafes and having a good yarn with the locals.
Fuelled up for the mountains, the track starts with a steady ascent and a lot of mining relics on the first section of the track. If you’re up for it, I’ll show you a hidden mine not far from the trail and other tools left and forgotten in the bush – it’s almost like the mineworkers are just taking a 100-year smoko (tea break).
Once we’ve reached the top of the hills, you can admire the first canyons and the sight of the hut in the distance. There’s also the option to avoid climbing and choose a shorter route if you prefer to take it easy on the day; both ways are equally scenic.
We’ll unpack our bags at the hut, enjoy lunch and can have a swim in the clear river next to it, before heading out to discover the numerous side trips around. I’ll show you the options available and we can customize our plans for the evening depending on what you want to see. There’s enough to keep young and old entertained until nightfall or simply relax at the hut, read a book and enjoy the views.
The following day, we’ll head out over the South Face of Mt Somers, with plenty of interesting sights along the way.
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.
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 at the hut while we view the caves and beautiful, natural water. Book this in now so we can prepare the day's schedule.Free
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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.
Will we share the hut with other people?
Yes, Woolshed Creek is quite popular with locals and chances are high we won’t be the only ones. It’s a typical backcountry hut with 26 beds maintained by DOC and some other basic facilities like a kitchen, water tank, fireplace and drop toilet.
If you prefer to have some private space, you can also bring your own tent (or hire one from us) and camp out in front of the hut. You’ll still be able to use the hut facilities.
Is this family-friendly?
It’s probably one of the best overnight tracks for families around! There is so much to do and see in the area, it’ll keep young and old entertained all day. We can also choose between several routes that lead to the hut to meet your fitness level.
How cold does it get?
As you probably know, our Kiwi weather is unpredictable. Even in summer, we have cold winds and sudden showers which is why hiking boots, warm clothing and a rain jacket are required, especially on exposed tracks like this one. Luckily, the hut has a fireplace which will keep us cosy at night.
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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