Experience Methven - the perfect escape no matter what your taste or budget

Tranquil yet exhilarating, relaxing yet vibrant, Methven offers a perfect escape on Inland Scenic Route 72.

Methven is at the heart of nine Canterbury ski areas and over 1000 kms of New Zealand’s best heli-skiing terrain.

Just one hour from Christchurch on Inland Scenic Route 72, this alpine-themed village buzzes in winter, while in summer it is humming with events such as markets, multisport challenges and some very social golfing.

Even if you are not a skier or snowboarder, there are many reasons to visit Methven - the pubs, the resort, the cafes, the Alpine and Agricultural Centre, the easy paced life, the spectacular backdrop of the Southern Alps, including Mt Hutt,  the proximity to mountain bikes trails, the closeness to the breathtaking high country. Within minutes of arriving you can enjoy a country golf course, horse trekking through the countryside, hiking or mountain biking, enjoying a massage or sampling a brew at a local pub while the warm Nor’west breeze turns the sky fiery red.

A hot air balloon or heli flight gives you a bird’s eye view of our patchwork textured landscapes and the Southern Alps. Step it up a gear with a high octane skydiving experience.

One of the major attractions of Mid Canterbury is its beautiful scenery and the freedom to be able to experience this landscape. Methven is proudly a Motorhome Friendly Town and camping is a popular choice for locals and tourists alike, and we welcome you experience being close to nature in a responsible manner. Please stay in holiday parks, Department of Conservation camping grounds or other designated areas. Freedom camping opportunities are also available in Mid Canterbury, please ensure you understand the Freedom Camping Policy to ensure you have a successful holiday. 

Methven Mt Hutt Village has a wide range of accommodation for all budgets. Visitors can choose between friendly backpacker hostels and camping grounds to tranquil bed & breakfasts and farmstays. Families will enjoy the range of self-contained motels and holiday homes and the young at heat will enjoy the fantastic atmosphere and facilities in our ski lodges and resort hotels.