Methven & Mt Hutt

Methven is a beautiful place to visit – with skiing in winter and a wealth of stunning outdoor scenery and activities in summer. It has all the restaurants, bars and facilities you need, yet with a relaxed country town vibe.


Methven is just over an hour from Christchurch airport, 20 minutes to the nearest large town (Ashburton) and 40 minutes to Mt Hutt skifield. We are a fantastic base for day trips, with many stunning places within a short drive - including Castle Hill (where they filmed the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe), Mt Sunday (Edoras in Lord of the Rings), Lakes Coleridge, Camp or Clearwater, or the Rakaia River. Methven is a base for all sorts of outdoor activities including skiing, heli-skiing, horse-riding, jet-boating, hot air ballooning, rafting, scenic flights and walking. Or if you need some down time, we have massage therapy, beauty therapy or a boutique cinema in town.


In the evening Methven has a variety of pubs and restaurants ranging from an Irish Bar or traditional pubs to fine dining restaurants, Japanese, Thai, Italian and bistros. We are happy to help you arrange any activities or make restaurant reservations for you.


There are a number of ways to get here & to get around when you are here:

  • The easiest method is by rental car – there is so much to see and do in this area and having your own transport gives you a little more freedom.

  • There are regular bus transfers from Christchurch airport to Methven (these will usually drop you right to our door if you ask) . Once you are here, everything in town is within walking distance.

  • There are no taxis in Methven but there is a free hop-on-hop-off bus which travels around town each evening during the ski season between 5-9pm.

  • On request we can arrange a private transfer to pick you up and drop you off at the airport, just ask for details (extra charge to be agreed).

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