Washpen Falls - Shepherd's Hut

Washpen Falls - Shepherd's Hut


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 $325 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


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 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].

Washpen Falls - Shepherd's Hut

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Minimum Stay Periods


Hot Tub Lighting Service

Gift Vouchers

2. booking and payments

3. Guest cancellations and date changes

4. Host Cancellations

5. safety and hazards

6. pets

7. GST

8. conditions of occupancy and conduct

9. Complaints

10. Liability

11. Gift vouchers

12. Law

13. Changes to booking conditions

14. Authority to sign

  • Eating and Drinking

    The Shepherd's Hut at Washpen Falls 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

    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. While 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 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. 


  • "

    A wonderful retreat, we loved our stay!


    Hannah Smaill - 20 May 2024

    1 / 12

  • "

    Beautiful spot to stay, super relaxing.


    Zoe Charles - 07 May 2024

    2 / 12

  • "

    We had a wonderful time staying at the Shepherd's Hut. It's a truly unique and idyllic setting – the perfect escape to unwind in tranquillity, with plenty of nature to explore in the surrounding areas. Our friendly and attentive hosts made sure we had a comfortable stay with everything we could need.


    - 04 May 2024

    3 / 12

  • "

    Shepherd's Hut was absolutely beautiful. It had everything we needed for the weekend, and the views overlooking the water were a definite bonus.


    - 29 Apr 2024

    4 / 12

  • "

    Idyllic spot with everything you need. Super relaxing and memorable stay.


    - 24 Apr 2024

    5 / 12

  • "

    Beautiful location and accommodation, loved every moment of our stay.


    - 16 Apr 2024

    6 / 12

  • "

    Lucky to be gifted a Canopy Camping stay, and so happy to have chosen Washpen Falls Shepherd's Hut. Just stunning. Birdsong all day long. Hot tub so relaxing. Great host! Loved the outdoor kitchen. So much to see in the area.


    - 26 Mar 2024

    7 / 12

  • "

    The best way to end our trip in New Zealand, it's criminal that we can’t stay there for good.


    - 13 Mar 2024

    8 / 12

  • "

    We loved our stay at the Shepherd’s Hut! The place was beautiful and very clean. It had great facilities. We really enjoyed our weekend away!


    - 12 Mar 2024

    9 / 12

  • "

    Great location and atmosphere.


    - 27 Feb 2024

    10 / 12

  • "

    This setting is beautiful, the pictures don’t do it justice. The cabin is cute and has everything you need. There’s an outdoor kitchen with BBQ for cooking. The hot tub is great after you complete the walk. It’s close to Terrace Downs and Methven.


    - 19 Feb 2024

    11 / 12

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    An incredible spot to get away from the hustle and bustle of life. Beautifully appointed accommodation with every need catered too. Excellent communication from the hosts. Highly recommend.


    - 28 Nov 2023

    12 / 12

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