Washpen Falls

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Washpen Falls


The Shepherd's Hut at Washpen Falls is based at Windwhistle, and set on the same high country Canterbury farm that also hosts the famous Washpen Falls Adventure Walk. Just one hour from Christchurch, this magical accommodation makes for an easy and nature-filled glamping escape.

The hut is tucked into a private oasis on the property. Set right next to a pretty wildlife pond, it's surrounded by majestic pines - and beyond that, large, rolling deer paddocks. During the Summer months take the rowboat out on the pond, or even go for a dip, a welcome respite from the Canterbury heat. In winter, the frost and occasional snowfall transforms the surrounds into a winter wonderland.

Oozing atmosphere, the accommodation is a fully-self contained traditional English Shepherd's Hut. There is an ensuite bathroom and kitchen inside the hut and an outdoor kitchen space for summer cooking and dining. A deep and luxurious wood-fired hot tub is nestled to the front of the Shepherd's Hut on the banks of the pond.

Nature abounds at Washpen Falls. During the 'roar season' keep an eye out for wild deer meandering close by to the campsite. Ducks love to take shelter on the pond and wood pigeons are often flying about. The bird song at Washpen Falls is extraordinary.

FROM $295 p/n

  • Sleeps 2

A $50 Single Night Surcharge applies on top of the nightly rate when booking a single night. You will need to add this charge during the booking process. The calendar below will specify where one-night bookings are allowed.

Make sure you download or print this info sheet with directions and host contact details prior to your journey. You may not have mobile reception at all times.


590 Washpen Rd, Windwhistle 7572


Washpen Falls is a 50-minute drive from Christchurch Airport, one hour from Christchurch City and 20 minutes from the Mt Hutt access road. It is also perfectly positioned geographically for a stopover to or from Queenstown, Wanaka and beyond. Follow the Google Maps directions to get there. 

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  • Eating and Drinking

    The Shepherd's Hut at Washpen Falls is all set up for self-catering.

    It's a good idea to stock up on groceries before you leave home, although both Darfield and Methven (20 - 25 minutes away) do have small supermarkets. 

    If you want a break from cooking at any stage, you are spoilt for choice with a variety of dining options in Methven.

  • Things to do

    The Shepherd's Hut at Washpen Falls is the ultimate get-away-from-it-all escape. You might decide not to leave the campsite during your stay at all. Wile away the hours soaking in the hot tub. With wildlife, starry skies and a beautiful hut to cosy up in - you can just relax and rejuvenate in nature.

    The Washpen Falls Adventure Walk on the property is a 2-hour loop track offering majestic scenery. You’ll go through lush native bush to a volcanic canyon reserve, experience picturesque views across the Canterbury Plains and see sparkling spring-fed creeks and stunning waterfalls.

    The hut is well situated to explore all the local region has to offer. Windwhistle is the gateway to the Lake Coleridge Back Country with numerous lakes, walkways, hunting and fishing, horse trekking, scenic drives, heliskiing, mountain biking, jet boating on the famous Rakaia River or play golf at one of the popular local courses.

    Keen skiers will love the fact that the Mt Hutt Ski Field it is just a 20-minute drive to the access road from the hut. A number of other ski fields are also in the region including Mt Olympus, Craigburn, Temple Basin, Porter Heights, Mt Cheeseman and Broken River. 

    For a little pampering, the Terrace Downs Resort (10 minutes away) offers massage and beauty therapy - as well as archery and clay bird shooting.

  • Your Hosts

    Henry and Megan McElrea, along with their children Harriet and Cecilia are your hosts at Washpen Falls.

    Washpen Falls is a family farm. Henry was born on the property and his parents Tom and Jen also reside on the farm.

    Tom and Jen created the Washpen Falls walkway 20 years ago as a way of diversifying the 1300 acre farm, which runs sheep, cattle and deer. The farm has been in the family for over 100 years.

    The family love living in Windwhistle - the gateway to the backcountry, with its untamed wilderness and dramatic landscapes and mountains.

    They enjoy the simple things in life. A firm family favourite is enjoying a picnic or swimming at 'Swan Lake'. In winter they cross our fingers for the ponds to freeze over so they can get the ice skates on...a family tradition.

    The family love that they can share their little piece of paradise with you.

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