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Information on Methven 

Tranquil yet exhilarating, relaxing yet vibrant, Methven offers a perfect escape no matter what your taste or budget. Just one hour from Christchurch via Inland Scenic Route 72 this alpine-themed village buzzes in summer & winter.

With Mt Hutt Ski Area on its doorstep (snow shuttles operate daily from Christchurch and Methven), some of the world’s finest heliskiing country and six Canterbury ski fields all within close distance, Methven is a snow sports magnet during the winter months.

The region offers visitors an array of hiking & walking experiences; from a short walk suitable for the whole family, to challenging multi-day hikes for the serious tramper. Methven is also a great accommodation base for those traveling along the  Te Araroa walkway.

We are surrounded by pristine high country lakes and braided rivers, providing a playground for visitors and locals; from jet boating and white water rafting to fishing.

Methven’s rural location and close distance to Mount Hutt, the Mid Canterbury foothills and Department of Conservation high country means that there are plenty of options for mountain biking & road cycling.

Other popular outdoor activities include hunting, golf, hot air ballooning, horse riding, helicopter scenic flights and 4WD high country adventures.

The town and surrounding district also caters for those seeking a country experience. Enjoy Methven’s hospitality while you refresh and relax in our amazing space. You will find the friendliness of our locals appealing especially when dining out at one of more than a dozen local eateries from country pubs to first class restaurants.

A wide range of events take place in the Methven area, from community festivals & markets to multisport events.

Methven is also a great first nights accommodation when you fly into the South Island via the Christchurch International Airport.

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