Miners Track to Woolshed Creek...

Miners Track to Woolshed Creek Hut track

Mount / Mt Somers


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8 Ashburton


Time: 3 hr

This track follows, in part, the line the miners took to the old Blackburn Mine. The track, if accessed via Woolshed Creek picnic area, climbs steeply along the hand-built jig that used to transport coal from the Blackburn Mine to the railway wagons waiting below. Beyond this the track rises up to the high point (trig R, 934 m) with superb views of the surrounding country, before descending to Woolshed Creek Hut.

Getting there

Access to Woolshed Creek is through Mount Somers township. Follow the Ashburton Gorge Road for 10.5 km then turn down the signposted road 3.5 km to Woolshed Creek picnic area - a large, grassy, sheltered picnic and camping area, with toilets and information panels.


Feature Value Info


DOC Canterbury

Central government organisation


South IslandCanterburyAshburton


  • Walking
  • Free


Daniel Carr's avatar

Daniel Carr


Ranking: 8/10

A fantastic 45 minute walk, a good substitute if you do not have time to do the full Mt Somers. Lots of history and some great views.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in November 2016