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Canterbury inland scenic route: Christchurch to Lake Tekapo

Washpen Waterfalls

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@Washpen Falls @Washpen Falls

The adventure walk starts at the old Washpen Woolshed and through a reserve filled with lush native bush and wonderful birdlife. This unspoilt area is easily accessed tracks, stairs and boardwalks. You can swim in the bottom pools. The bridal waterfalls have a drop of 22 metres and have a constant flow throughout the summer. The loop walk is approximately 2 hours. The well maintained track is steep in parts. No dogs or prams (buggies) are allowed.


  • Swimming in the bottom waterfall pools
  • Bluff lookout overlooking the Canterbury plains
  • Stone Lake, complete with rowboat for visitors to give it a go. (former quarry). Picnic tables located nearby
  • Heritage farm equipment creating a great backdrop for rural photo moments

Admission fee (private reserve situated within a high country working farm. Fee includes complimentary walking sticks to use while on the trail. Payment is cash via an honesty box in the self-service small visitor centre (toilets nearby).

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