Methven is a quaint little country town 90 minutes from Christchurch. It is an ideal base for skiing at Mt Hutt which is only 30 minutes away and those looking to go heli skiing. There are also several club fields within two hours drive of Methven. The town of Methven is a great destination for a laid-back holiday.


Beginner 11%
Intermediate 64%
Advanced/Expert 20%

At a Glance

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Skiing & Boarding

Methven offers great skiing and boarding, Mt Hutt is the closest and most well known resort to Methven, there are also several club fields within 2hrs drive of Methven. 

Mt Hutt is one of the largest and highest ski areas in the South Island and a big mountain experience for skiers and snowboarders. It boasts 365 hectares of wide-open terrain and plenty of leg burning runs plus monster snowfall and spectacular views over the Canterbury Plains. It is perfect for every age and ability and fantastic for families with supervised kids’ programmes and Early Learning Centre for children age 3 months & up. There is also a mini park for rookies and intermediates whilst experts can hit the features in the advanced park. Many say, you have not skied New Zealand until you’ve skied Hutt!

Methven Heliskiing is the closest heliskiing to Christchurch and the Arrowsmiths terrain spans 3 mountain ranges. Nowhere else in NZ (outside of the Mt Cook area) can you find the glaciated high-alpine heliskiing terrain that Methven Heliski offers. Methven Heliski offers runs for all standards of heli-boarder and heliskier, beginner to expert with over 1000 square kilometres of terrain.


Off-mountain activities in the area include Lord of the Rings tours, hot air ballooning, golf, mountain biking, hiking, clay shooting and jet boating.

Getting There

Methven is easily accessible, just over an hours drive from Christchurch International Airport.

Getting There & Around

An excellent range of accommodation including bed-and-breakfasts, motels/hotels, apartments, and luxury lodges.

How Far

Christchurch Airport 93km

1hr 15 minutes Drive

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