Located on the Canterbury Plains at the base of Mt Hutt Ski Area and at the foothills of the Southern Alps, Methven is a one hour drive south of Christchurch. With a wide range of affordable accommodation, activities, and restaurants/cafes, you will definitely want to add Methven to the itinerary when planning a South Island ski trip or holiday.
The Methven Mt Hutt region is surrounded by stunning snow-capped mountains, high country lakes and braided rivers. It is welcoming place for visitors wanting to interact with the outdoors or relax & unwind in an attractive rural setting with wide open spaces.
Well known as the ski village for Mt Hutt Ski Area, Methven is also the base for many smaller club fields and a world class heliski experience for the more experienced and adventurous skier/snowboarder.
But there’s so much more to Methven than skiing & snowboarding. People come to the area to go mountain biking & road cycling, walking & hiking, fishing, jet boating, clay bird shooting & archery, hot air ballooning, horse riding, hunting, play a round of golf, head out for a 4WD high country adventure, or to take a helicopter scenic flight.
The region’s Kids 4 Free deal makes an affordable family holiday a reality with local businesses offering children 10 and under to stay, eat and play for free throughout the year.
Methven can be accessed via the Inland Scenic Route 72 (the tourist drive that connects Christchurch to Mt Cook and Queenstown) or via State Highway One.