Tranquil yet exhilarating, 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 or along SH1 to Rakaia and then inland to Barhill and Methven, this alpine-themed village buzzes in summer & winter.

The town and surrounding district also caters for those seeking a country experience. With just over 1400 people in an attractive rural setting, Methven can 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 in our amazing space.

Whilst you are in Methven for Methven Summer School 2018, take the time to meet the locals, stay in great accommodation, eat well and have a good time.

Getting There

Methven is an easy 1¼ hour drive from Christchurch and 1½ hours from Timaru. If you are travelling from Christchurch try the Inland Route on Scenic Highway 72 – it is well worth the trip. For more information on bus travel to and from Methven, contact Methven Travel on 03 302 8106.

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Health & Safety

There will be a first aid kit available at the Summer School campus. If you feel unwell, there is an excellent Medical Centre in Methven. In the interests of general safety, Summer School participants should take note of any School safety rules and follow them carefully while on campus.


As Methven is close to the mountains and the weather can change quickly, we recommend you pack a jersey and raincoat in case it is cold and wet. But also be sure to bring your swimming gear, hat and suntan lotion!


Methven township has excellent facilities for visitors including a medical centre, pharmacy, i-SITE Visitor Centre, bookshop, restaurants and cafes, supermarkets, NZ Post agency, Bank of New Zealand, antique shop, craft shop, petrol station, museum, sports massage clinic, gymnasium, physiotherapy clinic and boutique cinema.

Creche Facilities

Methven has an excellent Child Care Centre which will be open during the week, and is happy to look after your children if they have spaces available. Methven Pre-school can be contacted on 03 302 8564. Pre-booking is essential.

Sporting Facilities

Methven has a stunning 18-hole golf course, as well as a croquet lawn, squash courts, swimming pool, tennis courts and a bowling green (usual green and court fees apply). All facilities are available for use by Summer School students.

Outdoor Activities

Whilst you are in Methven area, we urge you to enjoy the local scenes, walk thru native bush, take a jet boat ride up the Rakaia Gorge, take a helicopter ride or a hot air balloon ride, try out horse riding, trout and salmon fishing or enjoy one of the many superb local walkways. Contact Methven i-SITE Visitor Centre on 0800 12 46 36 or locally on (03) 302 8955 for further details.