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Washpen Falls

One hours drive from Christchurch, Washpen Falls offers unique outdoor recreational facilities in a breathtaking natural setting in the midst of a working sheep, cattle and deer farm.

What you need to know:

  • One hour drive from Christchurch.
  • The walk is situated on a high country working farm.
  • Allow 2-3 hours. 
  • The walk is a loop track.
  • A fee is charged which includes a track guide & use of walking sticks $10.00 per adult $5.00 per child (under 15).
  • Walkable all year round except in extreme weather.
  • Warm clothing & sturdy footwear required.
  • Prams are not suitable.
  • Dogs are not permitted.
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New Zealand Department of Conservation Outdoor Safety Code

When preparing for a walk, no matter how long, make sure you follow the Department of Conservation (DOC) Outdoor Safety Code to help you stay safe.

  1. Plan your trip
    Ask locals about the walking track and how long you can reasonably expect it to take or visit the nearest DOC visitor centre for the latest information about facilities and conditions of DOC tracks.
  2. Tell someone
    Tell someone your plans, especially if you’re heading out alone. Leave a time that you will be back.
  3. Be aware of the weather
    New Zealand's weather can be highly unpredictable. Check the forecast and expect weather changes. Metservice.com is a good tool but also ask at your accommodation provider or the local DOC / i-SITE Visitor Centre.
  4. Know your limits
    It's good to challenge yourself, but only within your physical limits and experience.
  5. Take sufficient supplies
    Even if you're just going for a couple of hours, make sure you have enough food, clothing, equipment and emergency rations for the worst-case scenario. Take an appropriate means of communication.