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Washpen Falls Darfield


Washpen Road, Darfield

Once on Washpen Road drive 400 m before turning left into the farm at the Washpen Falls sign. Follow the driveway for 1.8km and you will see Birchview Chalet on your right.


A private walkway with unique and private facilities, with various interests along the track. Bird life, amazing flora & fauna, plus great hosts!

This unspoilt area is easily accessed via sympathetically constructed tracks, stairs and board walks. At the top of the climb you are rewarded with fabulous views across the Canterbury Plains to the sea. As you descend back down the canyon the tack takes you alongside sparkling spring-fed creeks and stunning waterfalls, creating the longest tributary of the Hororata river. The track ends beside an idyllic lake, suitable for a row boat or ice skating in the winter. A suitably rustic covered dining area beside the lake is an ideal spot for a picnic.

Visit the website below for more information.

1.5 hours
  • Birds
  • Carpark
  • Food and Drink
  • Historical
  • Picnics
  • Plant Life
  • Toilets
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