Methven, New Zealand
Methven is a small town on the South Island of New Zealand, about a 90-minute drive from Christchurch. Quiet and relaxing in the summer, it becomes a popular tourist destination in the winter due to its proximity to the Mount Hutt ski field. From skiing to hot-air ballooning to the annual motorcycle street races, Methven is a destination for all travellers.
- Mount Hutt
- New Zealand Alpine & Agricultural Encounter
- Mountain Thunder
- Take an exciting, scenic and romantic hot-air balloon ride with views of Mt Cook and the Canterbury Plain
- Try heli-skiing, in which you take a helicopter to the top of the mountain and ski down, for a unique experience
- Enjoy the varied restaurants, bars and pubs in town
Methven averages 1,900 hours of sunshine a year, with an average annual rainfall of 738 mm (29 inches). The average daily maximum temperature in January is 22°C (72°F) and the average minimum is 10°C (50°F). The average daily maximum in July is 10°C (50°F) and the average minimum is 0.3°C (33°F).
Getting There & Around
Flights to Methven land at Christchurch International Airport. It is a 90-minute drive from the airport along the Inland Scenic Route 72. Shuttle services, such as Methven Travel, are available for transfers from the airport to Methven during the winter.
In town, hire a car if you want to visit various ski areas and other attractions.
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