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, an 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.