Introduction

Woolshed Creek Hut provides a great overnight tramp for families with children or new trampers.

Hut overview

Easy walk from road end

1-3 hours

Category

  • Category
Serviced

Bookings

  • Bookings

Bookings required

Facilities

  • Heating
  • Mattresses
  • Toilets - non-flush
  • Water from tap - not treated, boil before use
26 bunk beds

Seasonal restrictions

1 October - 30 April: Bookings are essential. Wardens may be present.
1 May - 30 September: Bookings are not required but fees still apply.

About this hut

Woolshed Hut is set in tussock country amongst rocky outcrops/formations and next to Woolshed Creek. Climb the small hills nearby for views of the surrounding area, play in the creek, or walk to the water caves (20 minutes) or Emerald Pool (10 minutes). 

Facilities

  • Bunks - platform (shared) bunks with mattresses
  • Water supply – cold water from a rain collection tank
  • Heating – wood burner with firewood provided
  • Long drop toilet a short walk from the hut
  • Space for camping outside the hut
  • Volunteer hut warden from October–April and long weekends.
Huts have basic facilities. You'll need to take:
  • Sleeping bag
  • Cooking stove, pots/pans and utensils
  • Toilet paper
  • Rubbish bag
  • Newspaper/firelighters and matches/lighter for the wood burner/fire
  • Torch

Getting there

Times from nearest road end and hut

Woolshed Creek Hut is on the Mount Somers Track. It can be accessed from:

  • Jig Road: 2–3 hr. Miners Track is the easiest way to reach the hut, Rhyolite Ridge Track is more challenging but provides for a loop option. From Mount Somers township, follow Ashburton Gorge Road for approx. 10 km before turning right into Jig Road. Follow this to the carpark/toilet at the end.
  • Pinnacles Hut: 3 hr

Location

NZTopo50 map sheet: BX19
Grid/NZTM2000 coordinates: E1464886, N5171057

Fees

Hut tickets or a Backcountry Hut Pass must be used from 1 May to 30 September.

Hut fees
  • Adult (18+ years): $15 per night
  • Youth (11 - 17 years): $7.50 per night
  • Child/Infant (0 - 10 years): free

Before you go, buy 1 Serviced Hut Ticket (green for adults, orange for youth) or 3 Standard Hut Tickets (blue for adults, yellow for youth) for each night's stay. Put these in the honesty box at the hut. Or buy a Backcountry Hut Pass for unlimited use at most Serviced and Standard huts for a 6 or 12 month period.

Fees to camp at the hut
  • Adult (18+ years): $5 per night
  • Youth (11 - 17 years): $2.50 per night
  • Child/Infant (0 - 10 years): free

Before you go, buy 1 Standard Hut Ticket (blue for adults, yellow for youth) for each night's stay. Put this in the honesty box at the hut. Or buy a Backcountry Hut Pass for unlimited use at most Serviced and Standard huts for a 6 or 12 month period.

Read more about hut tickets and passes 

Bookings

1 October - 30 April

Bookings are essential for huts. Bookings are not required for camping. 

Book Woolshed Creek Hut online

1 May - 30 September

Bookings are not required but fees still apply. Bunks are available on a first come, first served basis.

For 1 May – 30 September and for camping year round, buy your hut tickets for each nights stay.  Put these in the honesty box at the hut.

Know before you go

  • Secure your vehicle at the carparks and do not leave any valuables in them.
  • Hut wardens are present at the hut. Ensure you have a booking (1 Oct – 30 April) or hut tickets (1 May – 30 Sept and for camping). 

Contacts

Ōtautahi / Christchurch Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 379 4082
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   christchurchvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   28 Worcester Boulevard
Christchurch 8013
Postal Address:   Private Bag 11089
Christchurch 8443
Raukapuka / Geraldine Office
Phone:   +64 3 693 1010
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   esienquiries@doc.govt.nz
Address:   13 – 15 North Terrace
Geraldine 7930
Postal Address:   PO Box 33
Geraldine 7956
Rangiora Office
Phone:   +64 3 313 0820
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   esienquiries@doc.govt.nz
Address:   32 River Road
Rangiora 7400
Postal Address:   PO Box 349
Rangiora 7440
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