Methven Travel Guide

  • Wasps feeding on honeydew.
    Wasps feeding on honeydew.
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  • Kereru at a clearing along the Ridge Track.
    Kereru at a clearing along the Ridge...
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  • Getting on my feet again... ;-)
    Getting on my feet again... ;-)
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Methven Things to Do

  • Skiing at Mt. Hutt

    Mt. Hutt - 2188 metres high - is a prime skiing location of the South Island, just a one and half hour’s drive from Christchurch, The skifields are at an elevation of 1550 metres. Perhaps surprisingly, its season normally is longer than at the skifields around New Zealand's prime wintersport location, Queenstown. But the mountains are not higher...

  • Awa Awa Rata Reserve - my favourite...

    This is clearly my favourite place in the Methven region. If you want to listen to a bellbird concert or chat with fantails, breathe fresh air in a beautiful beech forest, scattered fuchsia trees, the ground on the slopes covered in ground ferns and mountain flax, this is the place to go to. We sometimes even only stop there without going on a...

  • Mt. Somers

    This mountain – 1687 metres high – is very special as it is totally different to its neighbouring mountains. Whereas Mt. Hutt and Mt. Peel, for example, are composed of greywacke and therefore have fertile soils, Mt. Somers is composed of volcanic formations of andesite and rhyolite. Therefore it also has different flora, like regenerating beech...

  • Awa Awa Walks (3): Alder Track

    This is an easy and short loop walk without uphill section, so well suited to not so fit or lazy natures. On our last visit (in March) we saw as many birds as nowhere else, especially bellbirds and fantails. They were just flying around our ears, we could not believe our luck. There were birds everywhere, sometimes three fantails flying around us...

  • Awa Awa Walks (2): Te Awa Awa Walk/Ridge...

    The Ridge Track is a loop walk and starts at the same point as Scott’s Saddle Track. After the 30 min climb through beech forest turn left at the fork at the top. The forest soon changes, and after having walked down the hill you reach a clearing, and then you walk through a section with lot of larches. To your right you hear the waters of the...

  • Awa Awa Walks (1): Scott’s Saddle Track

    This track takes at least four and half to five hours and runs along beside the ski field road, where another view of the plains and Port Hills is obtained. The first part is steep. After this 30 min climb you turn to the right (Scott’s Track; the Ridge Track turns to the left). The track now goes slightly up and down most of the time. As the track...

  • Walk to the Sharplin Falls

    This is an easy walk that should not take longer than 1.5 hours return, and also a loop walk is possible. You reach the Sharplin Falls Scenic Reserve from the Staveley Village Store. Take the road between the store and the hall (the Falls are signposted) and turn right into Flynns Road after the bridge (more signposts). From the carpark the track...

  • Blackburn Mine

    You find the remains of this coalmine along the walk from Woolshed Creek carpark (from Staveley) to Mt Somers Hut. Coal deposits were discovered in 1856. Commercial extraction began in 1864. A railway track – a so-called jig – was built by pick and shovel to transport the coal down a very steep gradient from 760 metres above sea level.Coal from the...

  • Blackburn Mine/Mt. Somers Hut Walk

    This walk starts at the Woolshed Creek carpark. Access to Woolshed Creek is through Mt. Somers township. Turn right (if coming on SH 72 from Darfield/Christchurch/Methven) onto the Ashburton Gorge Road, towards Haketere and Erewhon. After 10.5 km turn right and follow the signposts to Woolshed Creek picnic area for a further 3.5 km.The original...


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Methven Restaurants

  • For fine Diners and hungry Wolves

    First of all, you would not really expect fine dining at The Blue Pub – although you can get it there.First you think of big portions of pub food to fill your growling stomach after a day on the slopes or after a big walk in the forest. And you also get this.They have different menus for the different needs of their customers.My last test was from...

  • The place where you meet the locals

    Just opposite the Blue Pub is the Brown Pub, also known as the Canterbury Hotel. Pop in and you feel like in the good old days. The Brown Pub is a true Kiwi country pub where you meet the locals.Having had a drink at the bar of the Blue Pub which seemed rather deserted on one of those days between the busy seasons, we went over to finally check out...

  • Nice Cakes and All-Day Breakfast

    This is really a nicely renovated place, opposite The Blue Pub, at the main square of the township. They offer home-baking, all-day breakfasts and lunch-style meals, and also takeaway meals, prices ranging from $ 5.50 for a raisin toast with butter and jam to $ 15.50 for a porterhouse steak. We only had coffees (very nice!) and cakes there, so...


Methven Nightlife

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    Cinema Paradiso: Watch a film after dinner

    by Kakapo2 Updated Apr 7, 2011

    If you want a little change from hanging out at the pubs after a long day of hiking or skiing and dinner, why not watch a film at a truly unique cinema?

    The Cinema Paradiso is one of those places that have made it from yesteryear into modern times, with a lot of improvisation.

    For example, the attendant who sells tickets, refreshments, confectionary and ice-cream might just be toasting her sandwiches next to the counter.

    The coffees are cheap and come from a machine. You pay at the counter and just press the button.

    You wait on old sofas until your film is ready to screen. It feels a bit like granny's lounge.

    Inside the fully air-conditioned and heated screening room you find a row of comfy old sofas (with cushions!) in front of the usual cinema seats - which BTW have generous leg space.

    Ticket Price NZ$ 14.
    Over 65's and under 16's NZ$ 10.

    Cinema Paradiso also offers a meal deal with The Last Post Café. A two-course meal of a limited menu (either starter and main course, or main course and dessert) plus a drink (house wine or beer) plus the movie ticket costs NZ$ 55 per person.

    Bookings with the restaurant essential.

    Phone (03) 3028 259

    Details and menu on the restaurant's website:

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Methven Transportation

  • Ride Snow Shuttles and: The Ski Bus

    This is transportation from Methven to the Mt. Hutt skifield in small 4x4 vans. I think it is the perfect way to get up to the skifield safely if you either have no 4x4 vehicle or not used to driving on tricky winding roads in wintery conditions.Daily departure at 8.10 am, return at 4pm, cost NZ$ 25.Return trip at 12noon $ 30.(Fares as winter 2010;...

  • Mt. Hutt Express

    This operator offers day and two-day skiing packages from Christchurch to Mt. Hutt.Day trip (rates 2007):Travel and lift pass $ 138Including ski or snowboard $ 169/176For group lessons add about $ 20Beginners $ 185/195Two-day packs from $ 325/335Contact:Phone (03) 388 2042, Mobile phone (021) 027 88 388Freephone (0800) 80 80 70Website:...

  • Methven Travel Limited

    This is another shuttle service that provides transportation between Methven and Christchurch Airport and City.It runs daily only in winter (several departures). In summer it does not run daily - only on Mon, Wed, Fri, and Sun.One way fare NZ$ 35, return $ 50.They have scheduled departures. The winter timetable starts with the opening of the Mt....


Methven Shopping

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    Supermarket, Bookshop and Pharmacy: Everything you Need

    by Kakapo2 Updated Apr 7, 2011

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    Methven has everything you need for a short stay, apart from shops where you can buy skis and )winter-) sports gear.

    The most important places for buying groceries are a SuperValue and a Four Square Supermarket (Mc Millan Street). They are just across the street from each other.

    But you also find a pharmarcy (Main Street), and a book and stationery shop (Take Note Methven at The Mall).

    The workshop and garage (Methven Motor Services Ltd) does not only offer car repairs but also DVD and video hire.

    On photo 2 you see the FourSquare supermarket.

    SuperValue supermarket.FourSquare behind the trees The FourSquare supermarket in Methven.
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Methven Local Customs

  • the Cattle

    they also running free in this area, running off when approached also. often crossing the roads, leaving a be prepared for the 'beast' and the sledride, if you know what I mean.I supose it has its charm for cityslickers...after all, am I right!!??

  • before the daylight..

    flocks of sheep in perfect harmony with nature, often there is no other soul around and you ask, who is looking after them, I don't know the answer to that...nobody during the day. lately, whole flocks have been stolen of the paddock

  • daylight robbery

    the sheep shearing demonstration.not only a necessity here in NZ, it is also a real sport with competitors from all over the world..and they have their own worldcup going. A NZlander often comes out as the winner..or, now and then an Australian, which is okay toothe sheep has no say in it at all, and losing the coat in the process


Methven Warnings and Dangers

  • Wasps - Pests of the Beech Forests

    If you have a wasp allergy carry anti-histamines or whatever you need in case of a wasp-bite with you. Just for the case. You will walk through beechforest which is rich of honeydew. You recognise this easily because the trunks of the trees are black, covered in the mould created by a scale insect that produces honeydew. This honeydew does not only...

  • Slippery Boardwalks

    I admit that I do not always watch my steps when I walk in the forest, as all the birds flying around and singing distract me a lot.I do not remember if I was distracted or not – but once on the Sharplin Falls Walk I slipped on a boardwalk which I consider a special danger when this thinnish wirenet is attached on top. I did not injure myself, and...

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Methven Sports & Outdoors

  • Big Al’s Snow Sports – Just bring your...

    This is the prime ski and snowboard rental shop in Methven, and they also do repairs and hire clothes and accessories. And, of course, they also sell all the stuff in the shop. Their slogan sounds very promising:“We hire almost everything, just bring your underwear and we can get you sliding.”The rental skis ranges from executive range for...

  • Wombat's Ski Shop

    This is a big sports shop where you can rent all skiing gear you need for having a great time at the Mt. Hutt skifield.It is located next to the transportation centre on Main Street.The shop was established in 1978 by Olympic skier Chris Womersley. It includes a workshop and bootfitting sector.All boards and skis are tuned after each hire and the...

  • Hot Air Balloning

    I have been ask for this peticulare activity in the area.....never done it myself, but seen the big Hot Air Ballons flying around and all over this areaso I thought I might as well make a link to the site I found and you can take it from therethe pic is snaped from this website and shows the area and Mt Hutt Range


Methven Favorites

  • Wash dirty clothes at the local laundry

    -If you want to wash your dirty laundry in public - go to Methven!No, really!As you will get your clothes dirty easily with all the activities available in Methven, it is very helpful that there is a coin-operated public laundry on Main Street (The Mall). It is even open 24/7, so there is really no excuse to run around in dirty clothes ;-)The...

  • Some more Links for Activities

    -Skydiving at the Pudding Hill Airfield:, phone (03) 302 9143Rakaia Gorge Alpine Jet (jetboating):, phone (03) 318 6574, freephone (0800) JETBOATRakaia Gorge Scenic Jet (jetboating):, phone (03) 318 6515, freephone (0800) 435 453Adventures Inn New Zealand, 38 Forest Drive,...

  • Information about Methven and Mt. Hutt

    -This website: a very good travellers website, with plenty of information about accommodation, activities etc.The Visitor Information Centre (i-site) is located on Main Street.Contact details are:Phone (03) 302 8955 For information about all...


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