Washpen Falls

Just 20 min drive from Methven, Washpen Falls offers unique recreational and outdoor activities in a breathtaking natural setting.

A fascinating walking track takes visitors through a canyon, (formed by ancient volcano) once used by Maori to trap and kill moa.

Now a reserve filled with lush native bush and birdlife, the unspoiled area is easily accessible via well constructed tracks, stairs and boardwalks.

At the top of the climb, walkers are rewarded by fabulous views across the Canterbury Plains to the sea. Sparkling, spring fed creeds and stunning waterfalls cascade through the canyon, creating the longest tributary of the Horarata River.

The track comes to an end beside an idyllic lake – created by the original property owner for private hydro generation.

Equally suited to a leisurely row boat ride (or skating in the winter) it also provides a fairy tale backdrop to activities: including golf chipping, duck races and more.

A Suitably rustic covered dining area alongside the lake blends beautifully with the surroundings, and provides a festive atmosphere for catered functions or a great place to enjoy morning and afternoon tea.

Cost: $10.00 per person. There is an honesty box in the old woolshed at the beginning of the track.