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.
Stay | Eat | Shop | Transport & Services
The Mt Hutt Bunkhouse provides quality accommodation in Methven, at the heart of New Zealand’s South Island, near Mt Hutt. They offer guests two different types of accommodation, a backpacker lodge and a self contained cottage. Bookings can be made online via their website.Their central location is an easy 3 minute walk into the centre of town and their hospitality is unbeatable. For any further information please do not hesitate to contact them.
Ph: +64 3 302 8894 / +64 27 346 4968
Address: 8 Lampard Street, Methven 7730
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.
Ph: +64 3 302 8875 / +64 27 282 8553
Address: 74 Main Street, Methven 7730
Methven’s "GO TO" for great food at affordable prices. Located in the heart of town, Dom's is an iconic place to meet, chill & eat. Offering Dine in, Takeaway & Home delivery options, you can choose to enjoy in the comfort of your own place or relax at ours. With a casual vibe Dom's is the place to replenish, refuel and relax after an action packed day outdoors.Great Pizza, Kebabs, Burgers, Shakes & more, we have your needs covered.
Ph: (03) 302 8237
The grocery store with all your necessities and much much more. Located in the middle of Methven in the Mall, it’s easy to find. With local owners & a friendly team our grocery store is an experience like no other. They offer a great range of products, fresh products and an awesome selection of beer, according to the locals. Come & say hi to Don & Kelly. Feel free to give them a call for any quotes or any enquiries to fulfill your needs.
Ph: 022 635 1289 or call Don 022 628 1286 / Kelly 022 635 1289
Address: The Mall, Methven, 7730
Big Al's Snow Sports
The team at Big Al's are excited and crewing up to take care of all your rental, retail and repair need for the 2018 season. We work hard each season to deliver the best rental prices in town. The Southern Alps are in our DNA. We've got over 30 years extensive local knowledge to offer. Combine that with our friendly staff, professional product training and trained elves and you know it makes sense. Come and toast you toes by the fire and experience the difference at Big Al’s.
Ph: 03-302 8003
Address: The Square, 7730 Methven, New Zealand
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!
Ph: +64 3 302 8084
Address: The Chalet, 87 Main St
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
Methven Heliski celebrates 32 years in 2018. 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!
Ph: +64 3 302 8108
Address: Main street, Methven
The Chill Regions/Accommodation
Find out more about where to stay and play in the regions around the Chill Mountains. From Nelson Lakes & Marlborough in the North down to Queenstown & Wanaka in the South. In between there's Kaikoura and Hanmer Springs, Sensational Selwyn, the township of Methven, the Mackenzie District and Waitaki Valley and of course the home of Chill, Christchurch City. Here we share places to stay, eat, shop and explore to help plan your adventure in the Southern Alps.
The Chill Mountains
In 2019 The Chill6 accesses the 6 Ski Areas in the Selwyn District; Porters, Cheeseman, Broken River, Craigieburn Valley, Temple Basin and Mt Olympus.
The Chill12 accesses the six ski areas above plus Rainbow, Hanmer Springs, Mt Lyford, Fox Peak, Mt Dobson and Awakino.
The Chill Travel Pass accesses the 12 mountains on the Chill12 Pass. Up to two days on the Chill Travel Pass can be used at Porters.