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Family Fun Activities in Methven

Methven is a great affordable family holiday destination in the South Island of New Zealand.

Surrounded by high country lakes, braided rivers, and conservation parks, our environment provides amazing scenery and a friendly relaxed space that families love spending time in.

It’s the kind of place you wish you had grown up in, a friendly rural community where kids love playing and exploring outside and think nothing of heading into the great outdoors with their parents, hiking up a mountain, or skiing down one.

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Here’s some of our suggestions for spending a fun filled family holiday together in Methven:

  • Kids 4 Free

    Take advantage of Methven Mt Hutt’s Kids 4 Free deal. Kids 10 years and under receive free lift passes at Mt Hutt during the ski season, and all year around they receive free travel, accommodation, meals and activities from selected businesses throughout the region when they are accompanied by an adult.

  • Mt Hutt Ski Area

    Even if the kids aren’t quite ready to give skiing or boarding a go this winter you can be sure that building a snow man (with the compulsory family snow fight) followed by a hot chocolate in the café will result in smiles all round. The team at Mt Hutt Ski Area usually build a structure out in front of the cafe deck for kids to climb over and slide down, and the mountain & local ski shops hire kids clothing and accessories to keep them warm and dry. If you don’t want to drive up the mountain, the Mt Hutt Ski Bus is part of the Kids4Free campaign, so one child 10 years and under travels for free when accompanied by an adult. Take the late departure up the mountain and catch the early one down to avoid the exhausted tears.

  • NZ Alpine & Agriculture Centre

    Wet days can sometimes be a challenge with children, but luckily Methven has the perfect solution – the NZ Alpine & Agriculture Centre. This must-see attraction will have families driving a header, operating an excavator, learning how milk is made, exploring an ice-cave, climbing over irrigators, and viewing audio/visual displays on the regions agriculture and snow sports industries. Part of the Kids 4 Free campaign – one full paying adult entitles one child (10 years & under) to free entry.

  • Awa Awa Rata Reserve

    The Awa Awa Rata Reserve at the base of Mount Hutt is a great picnic spot for families, especially during late spring when the Rhododendrons are in full flower. The Te Awa Awa Walk and the Rhododendron Walk are great for preschoolers; they shouldn’t complain about the distance too much! Great shade on a hot summer’s day too. Picnic and BBQ facilities, and toilets on site.

  • Methven Scarecrow Trail

    If you are visiting Methven during the September school holidays then the Methven Scarecrow Trail is a must! Families walk, bike & scooter around the village finding scarecrows and identifying the characters they represent.

  • Mt Hutt Bike Park

    The Mt Hutt Bike Park provides over 25kms of mountain biking trails, from family friendly cross country loops to epic single tracks with technical downhill descents and jumps.

  • Methven Playground

    The Methven Playground in the centre of town will keep the kids entertained for quite a while, especially with the rope climbing frame. There are plenty of spots for a picnic and toilets on site.

  • Farm Visit

    Visit a farm on the outskirts of Methven and help the farmer feed some animals. Pop into to see at the staff at the Methven i-SITE Visitor Centre and they can organise a visit for you.

  • Methven Walkway

    The Methven Walkway loops around the outskirts of Methven and bikes are allowed on the walkway too. The section along the Rangitata Diversion Race (RDR) is always popular, and children will love the part of the track that weaves its way through the pine trees along Holmes Road.

  • Staveley Ice Skating Rink

    If you’re visiting Methven in winter then a trip to the Staveley ice skating rink is a must! Surrounded by beech forest, accessed by a swing bridge and with the promise of an open fire to melt some marshmallows, kids will have a great time here – and will love helping Dad stay up on his feet even more!

  • Methven BMX Jump Park

    Bike Methven’s BMX jump park gives young riders an opportunity to test their skills in central Methven. The Methven Jump Park is situated on the land near the rear entrance to Methven Primary School, with access off Methven Chertsey Road beside Leap Ahead Early Childhood Centre.

  • Mt Somers Tracks

    The kids will love walking (and running) across the bridges near the carparks at Sharplin Falls & Woolshed Creek reserves. Pre-schoolers will be able to wander along the well-formed tracks by the streams for a bit before their legs get tired. Shelter/picnic areas and toilets are available at both carparks. The Woolshed Creek Hut (part of the Mt Somers Track) provides a great overnight tramp for families with older children.

  • Swimming

    Methven has a fantastic outdoor Community Swimming Pool which is open during the summer months, and Methven Resort also has an outdoor heated pool and hot pools. There a plenty of swimming holes in local streams, rivers & lakes (pop into the Methven i-SITE Visitor Centre for directions) and 20 minutes down the road  Ashburton has a new indoor aquatic centre which includes a leisure pool with a wet deck and lazy/rapid river.

  • Garden of Harmony

    The gazebo within the Garden of Harmony (located on South Belt between the Methven Play Centre and Methven Preschool) is a great morning or afternoon tea picnic spot. They will love running around the paths and over the bridges.

  • Methven Heritage Trail

    Pick up a copy of the Methven Heritage Trail brochure from the Methven i-SITE Visitor Centre and take a wander around town learning about our heritage.