(Pop: 1340) is a small town in the Canterbury region of the
South Island of New Zealand.
Methven is located near the western edge of the Canterbury Plains, 35
kilometres north of Ashburton and 95kms southeast of Christchurch. Methven
and the Mt Hutt skifield is a one hour drive from Christchurch.
It is a rural service town throughout the year, but undergoes a stark
transformation in winter. Mount Hutt skifield is around half an hour away
from Methven, being the closest town to the skifield.
Methven is a perfect summer and winter holiday destination. You can relax and
unwind on an excellent country golf course, fish for salmon and trout in
nearby rivers and lakes or walk one of the many bush walks within the area.
If excitement is what you are after, there is skiing, jet boating, hot air
ballooning or mountain bike riding. Methven has a great range of
accommodation, restaurants and cafes.
As such, a number of cafes, bars, and restaurants lie relatively dormant
over the summer months. Similarly, the town's accommodation providers have a
strongly seasonal trade.
Mt Hutt skifield offers world class skiing and snowboarding facilities
In addition to skiing and snowboarding, another popular attraction is hot
is served by regular daily
coach and bus services to and from
The nearest airport to Methven for
domestic and international air services is
There are no passenger train services from Methven to Christchurch, Dunedin,
Mt Cook or Queenstown.