Washpen Falls - Black Billy Hut

Washpen Falls - Black Billy Hut


Black Billy Hut is set on the same high country property as the famous Washpen Falls Walk and Shepherd's Hut accommodation.

It is a 50-minute drive from Christchurch Airport, one hour from Christchurch City and 20 minutes from the Mt Hutt access road. It's perfectly positioned geographically for a stopover to or from Queenstown, Tekapo, West Coast and beyond. 

Black Billy Hut is a gorgeously rustic and charming building, beautifully crafted with native timbers and natural materials. Three rooms, each with french doors opening onto a verandah, contain a kitchen, living and bedroom space. A deluxe bathroom is undercover and set 2 metres away from the bedroom.

The hut is private, remote and surrounded by nature. It's set 500 metres above sea level, on the snowline. Expansive views take in the lush native forest, farmland and Canterbury high country. The bird song is incredible - the air filled with the sound of bellbirds, woodpigeons, fantails and tomtits. At night, the stars are brilliant. Stargaze through the skylights as you lie in bed.

A stay at Black Billy is a chance to reset and reconnect with nature and the seasons. Soak away your worries in the cedar hot tub, enjoying the mountainous views as you float. Enjoy a stroll to the spring-fed stream a short distance from the hut. Sit on the bench seat in the bush overlooking a miniature waterfall. In winter, curl up by the fire with a good book - and if you're lucky, watch the snowflakes drift down around you.

FROM $375 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.


590 Washpen Rd, Windwhistle 7572


Black Billy Hut is set on the same property as the famous Washpen Falls walk and Shepherd's Hut accommodation.

It 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, Tekapo, West Coast and beyond. Follow the Google Maps directions to get the address. 

You will receive a pre-arrival email with detailed arrival instructions and your host's contact details 5 days prior to your stay.

Note: If you have booked within 5 days and haven't received a pre-arrival email shortly after booking, please email us at [email protected].

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  • Eating and Drinking

    Black Billy Hut is self-catering. Just bring your own food and cook meals using the equipment provided in the cabin kitchen. You'll find cutlery, crockery, pots and pans, and utensils.

    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

    Black Billy Hut is the ultimate get-away-from-it-all escape. You might decide not to leave the hut at all during your stay. With a 2-person cedar hot tub, 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 playing golf at one of the popular local courses.

    Keen skiers will love the fact that the Mt Hutt Ski Field 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. 

    You may also want to check out the Opuke Thermal Pools & Spa in Methven. Surrounded by mountains, fed by the rivers and powered by the sun, this is your latest wellness destination.

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