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Regional and Mountain Information

About Methven

Methven is the perfect escape for snow lovers and just over one hour’s drive from Christchurch. The alpine-themed village nestled close to the Southern Alps is a tranquil, yet exhilarating, relaxing, yet vibrant place for all tastes and budgets.


Located just an hour's drive from Methven is Porter Heights and Mount Cheeseman, two family friendly ski areas. Traveling further past these two mountains is Broken River, Craigieburn, Mount Olympus and Temple Basin, all of which are located in the Selwyn District. Venturing south from Methven the first Chill mountain, an hour and a half away is Fox Peak with terrain suited for all skiing levels.


The Blue Pub

The place to be with a wicked bar, sunny verandah and outdoor dining. Their upstairs accommodation is easy, convenient and warm for those nights when you just can’t leave!


2 Barkers Rd, Methven


Ph: +64 3 302 8046  Web:  E:

The Brown Pub

A true kiwi country pub in the centre of Methven with affordable accommodation, family restaurant, great beer, fireside bar and a warm, friendly atmosphere.


Cnr Main Street & Forest Drive


Ph: +64 3 302 8045 Web: E:

Abisko Lodge

Abisko accommodation offers travellers a wide range of facilities to suit most budgets.

Located a mere one minute stroll from the Methven village centre with all its charm; boutique shops,  restaurants, cafes and pubs makes Abisko Lodge the smart choice in “hassle free” accommodation for your stay in Methven.

Choose from 13 comfortable ensuite rooms in the lodge or one of our well- appointed, self-contained two or three bedroom apartments. Campers can select from 18 powered campsites suitable for tents or motorhomes.

74 Main Street, Methven 7730


Ph: +64 3 302 8875 / +64 27 282 8553  Web:  E:

Stores / Snow

Alpine Sports

Their premium snow sport store, located in the European Chalet is home to a huge RETAIL and RENTAL range (including tow rope harnesses!). A comprehensive workshop of experienced ski technicians and boot fitters will have your gear in top shape whether you’re hitting rails, skinning mountains or racing courses!


The Chalet, 87 Main St


Ph: +64 3 302 8084  Web:  E:

Tours and Transport

Black Diamond Safaris - Guided Tours and Transport

Ski or ride the best snow and terrain in New Zealand with Black Diamond Safaris. Experience the Club Fields with seasoned locals for single and multi-day guided adventures for all levels. Operating daily from Methven with Transport options available. BDS are the Club Field Specialists. Showing you the ropes since 1996.


Ph: +64 27 450 8283 Web:    E:

Adventure Activities

Methven Heli

Methven Heliski celebrates 30 years in 2016. Guided by Alpine Guides, Methven Heli has arguably the best range of heliski terrain in NZ, with 250+ named runs in the Arrowsmith, Ragged, and Palmer Ranges. Groups rarely cross lines after leaving the helipad at Glenfalloch Station, only meeting up for a delicious lunch, or drinks at the end of the day. The terrain features glaciated runs, views of both the Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea - and drops exceeding 1,000 vertical metres!


Main street, Methven


Ph: +64 3 302 8108  Web:  E: