New Zealand, Methven

New Zealand, Methven

Things to do - general

Methven is located in the Canterbury region of New Zealand’s south Island and is hands down the perfect escape no matter your taste or budget. Nestled right underneath Mt Hutt, it is undoubtedly the closest place to stay, to hit the slopes early.

In winter, it is the location of choice for  snow enthusiasts who are visiting Mt Hutt to Ski or Snowboard. At all other times of the year Methven attracts all lovers of the outdoors who visit to take advantage of the large range of outdoor activities. With Mt Hutt on its door step and some of the World’s finest Heliskiing country, Methven is a snowsports magnet. Methven is the gateway to Mt Hutt, located only 1 hour from Christchurch airport.

Methven is more likely to be visited by experienced riders and those who are there to ride and only to ride. Experienced riders choose to come to this area over others to experience the large area of Heli country Mt Hutt has to offer. Heliskiing or boarding is an experience unlike any other.

Country New Zealand
Visa requirementsNone on Australian Passport
Languages spokenEnglish, Maori
Currency usedNew Zealand Dollar (NZD)
Ski Area SizeMt Hutt
902 Acres
Highest PointMt Hutt
2086 Metres
Vertical DropMt Hutt
683 Metres
Longest RunMt Hutt
LiftsMt Hutt
1 x high speed 6 seater
1 x Quad
1 x Triple
1 x Magic Carpet
SeasonMt Hutt
13th June- 12th October
TerrainMt Hutt
Beginners 25%
Intermediate 50%
Advanced 25%
Nearest AirportChristchurch, New Zealand
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Nightlife info

Considering it’s a small town, there is a reasonable variety of Methven restaurants and bars to choose from. Most restaurants and bars are located in the heart of Methven, but there are also some situated within accommodation establishments in the back streets of town. Methven is not party-central, but the pubs and a few of the bars still provide reasonable après and nightlife.
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Culture and history info

Methven stands on the high plains at a point where six roads converge. Between 1871 and 1976 it was the terminus of a branch railway from Rakaia. Like other rural service towns in the region, Methven declined during the 20th century, but the opening of the Mt Hutt ski field has slowed the downturn. Between 1991 and 2013 the permanent population increased from 978 to 1,707.
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Ski Time Lodge and Apartments Methven

39 Race course Avenue, Methven 7730 NZ
Ski Time Lodge and Apartments Methven offers a range of accommodation options to suit all travellers More info
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Outside of snowsports, Methven is a busy hub for activities from Archery to Skydiving! Enjoy a beautiful Hot Air Balloon ride, go for an Ice Skate, or jump on a Horse and take in the views.
In Methven there really is something for everyone!

Unfortunately there are no self-catering offers at this location at the moment.

Unfortunately there are no tour offers at this location at the moment.

Ski Programs

Mt Hutt
Childrens Group Lesson
Childrens all day programs
Adult Group Lessons
Private lesson - Adult, Child


Daily service from Methven to Mt Hutt
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