Crouched at the base of the Southern Alps, one and a half hours inland from Christchurch, Methven is a welcoming town for visitors looking for adventure. In winter, it’s a base for snow sport enthusiasts who come to conquer the slopes of nearby Mount Hutt. At other times of the year, activities such as jet boating, sky diving, hot air ballooning and mountain biking are popular. If you enjoy fishing and golf, you won’t be disappointed with Methven. The town offers an excellent choice of eating places and bars. Accommodation ranges from backpacker lodges to character B & Bs. Functional facts: Approx. population 1300, visitors centre, typical resort town shops and services.