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Summer in Methven & the Southern Alps
Relaxing yet vibrant, Methven offers a perfect escape no matter what your taste or budget. Just one hour from Christchurch on Inland Scenic Route 72, Mt Hutt Village relaxes in summer. ( Within close distance of nine Canterbury ski fields, some of the world's finest heliskiing country and majestic Mt Hutt, Methven is a snowsports magnet in winter. )
There are plenty of reasons to visit Methven, even if you are not a skier or snowboarder. The town and surrounding district also caters for those seeking a more tranquil, country experience. With just over 1200 people in an attractive rural setting, Methven can equally be enjoyed for its open spaces. Rent a car and within 10 minutes you are driving through farmland. Walk to the edge of town within 20 minutes or hire a bike for a ride in the countryside. Relax at the end of the day with a massage or sample a brew at a local pub while the Norwest wind turns the sky red.
Dine at one of more than a dozen local eateries or drive to boutique restaurants in the foothills. Choose from sumptuous 5 star through to budget accommodation. Camping grounds, backpackers, motels, resorts and luxury B&Bs offer more than 2000 bed options in Methven.
Venture into the Southern Alps for fishing, tramping or hunting experiences or step it up a gear with a high octane skydive or 4WD high country adventure. Or simply enjoy Methven's hospitality while you refresh and relax.