The 10 Best Things to Do in Methven, New Zealand

January 19, 2018 Diedre Savory

Discover the best top things to do in Methven, New Zealand including Snowman Shuttles, Methven Sports Massage, Cinema Paradiso, Aoraki Balloon Safaris, Methven i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, Methven Heliskiing, Methven Golf Club, Black Diamond Safaris, New Zealand Alpine and Agriculture Centre, Lake Coleridge.
Restaurants in Methven

1. Snowman Shuttles

160 Main Street, Methven 7730, New Zealand +64 3-337 5750
Excellent
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5 based on 46 reviews

Snowman Shuttles

Snowman Shuttles provides daily return shuttle bus transport from Methven to Mt Hutt and in the Weekends also provides transport to Porters Ski Area.

Reviewed By Solivagant_Suitcase - Gold Coast, Australia

I used Snowman Shuttles a couple of times over the last week to get from Methven up to Mt Hutt. They provide a convenient service, a couple of different time options, safe & friendly drivers and the price is great. Will definitely use again on my next ski trip!

2. Methven Sports Massage

87 Main Street | Alpine Sports Shop, Methven 7730, New Zealand +64 3-302 8323
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5 based on 23 reviews

The ultimate way to keep you on the ski slopes, after a hard day's skiing on Mt Hutt why not have a massage to get you back on the slopes the next day. Hot Stone Massage, Sports and Relaxation massage and dry needles. All by qualified and experienced therapists. Book online through the web site.

Reviewed By lifetolive1 - North Canterbury

My family (kids/parents/myself) have visited Methven Sport Massage for a number of years both in Methven and Ashburton utilising various therapists and have found their knowledge and skill to be of the highest level, so that you feel secure in their capable hands that they know what they are doing. My only regret is I sometimes can't get there enough - but they massage us back into action ready for our next sporting event! I have no hesitation in recommending the team and know you all get the best massage you have had!!! Thanks Jenny and the team!

3. Cinema Paradiso

112 Main Street, Methven 7730, New Zealand +64 3-302 1957
Excellent
83%
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4.5 based on 36 reviews

Cinema Paradiso

A boutique cinema with 2 screens (seating for 35 and 15 people). A range of different movie genres. Both cinemas are fully licensed and a range of tasty snacks is available.

Reviewed By Lolasmylove - Wellington, New Zealand

This was the friendliest most amazing little cinema. If you have nothing to do once you land in Methven, don't plan to head straight up the mountain, weather is average as it was for us with a toddler too, stop in here. You will get a warm, friendly & entertaining experience. We did a deal that gave us pizza at the Irish pub next door too. The deal was such good value for a family and the pub had a roaring warm fire. Without this experience our quick one night stop in Methven wouldn't have been very interesting!

4. Aoraki Balloon Safaris

121 Main Street, Methven 7730, New Zealand
Excellent
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 27 reviews

Aoraki Balloon Safaris

AORAKI A MAORI WORD MEANING 'CLOUD PIERCER' The 'Magical' Sky Experience Methven - 'New Zealand's Finest Ballooning Location' Commencing at sunrise, allow up to 4 hours (about 1 hour is actual flight time), concluding with a buffet champagne style breakfast as a picnic in the farmers fields where the balloon lands. Offers pristine views of Mt Cook and National Park.

Reviewed By Roger D

Not sure what to expect soon turned into the most amazing experience. Martyn and Paul are real characters and from start to finish the whole morning was wonderful. We enjoyed being included in the setting up of the balloon, you really get an idea of the preparation. Once you are up off the ground we had a very scenic, peaceful cruise in the sky over the Mid Canterbury plains, Martyn is an excellent and very knowledgeable pilot. Our hour was soon over ( we could have floated around all day) we landed safely in a paddock and enjoyed a champagne breakfast, even with our very own butler. Thank you for a most memorable experience, Julie and Ellen

5. Methven i-SITE Visitor Information Centre

160 Main Street, Methven 7730, New Zealand +64 3-302 8955
Excellent
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Good
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4 based on 22 reviews

Methven i-SITE Visitor Information Centre

The Methven i-SITE Visitor Centre is located on the Main Street of Methven, and is a member of the official network of New Zealand visitor centres. Our professionally trained staff can answer questions, give advice, provide a free booking service for all your holiday requirements, both locally and nationwide. We can share a few local secrets to make your holiday experience one to be remembered.

Reviewed By Karen K - Coffs Harbour, Australia

Interactive display on Methven history of agriculture and skiing.
$12.50 for adults, kids free.
Some interesting information with short videos. A large harvester replica cab to climb up in and see the scale of the machines. Virtual digger game. Amusing model cow showing digestion. Information on development of Mt Hutt ski area. A few activities for kids. My 8 year old enjoyed the scavenger hunt.

6. Methven Heliskiing

Main Street, Methven 7745, New Zealand
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5 based on 16 reviews

Methven Heliskiing

Heliskiing in New Zealand changed in 1986. Methven Heliski opened up untapped heli ski and heliboarding terrain in the Southern Alps, near Christchurch - and raised the bar of professionalism and safety for the NZ heliski industry.

Reviewed By Matt L - Sydney, Australia

First class, Professional and No-nonsense organisation. Have ridden with many Heli-ski operators around the world and these guys are up there with the best. I Rode some unbelievable lines in remote areas and would highly recommend these guys to anyone looking for long powder runs.

7. Methven Golf Club

Hobbs Road, Methven, New Zealand +64 3-302 8438
Excellent
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

Methven Golf Club

Reviewed By Brett F - Melbourne

We played in perfect weather (which helps) and found this parkland course to be a real gem. Not particularly long or difficult (rated 119) it is still a good test of golf. Greens were fine and fairways, while a little 'shaggy', were better than those at Terrace Downs which cost significantly more. I think we'll be playing again before returning to Oz ! For $35 + $2 for a trundle/buggy, excellent value.

8. Black Diamond Safaris

Corner of Forest Drive | and Main Street, Methven 7730, New Zealand +64 3-302 9696
Excellent
86%
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5 based on 7 reviews

Black Diamond Safaris

We are a locally owned and run ski guiding and transport company that take you to New Zealand's best kept skiing secret - The Canterbury Club Fields. A must visit for all enthusiastic skiers & snowboarders on their Kiwi Winter adventure.

Reviewed By nguoi_du_lich - New York City, New York

Went out for the day with Brett at the Broken River club field. It had rained the day before and then froze overnight making for rough conditions at all the fields near Methven. That said, Broken River probably had the best conditions for the day and it was great to get up to one of the clubbies after spending a few days at the Remarks, Cadrona, and TC. The club fields - and associated rope tows/aka nut crackers - can be tough to navigate even as an experienced skier. It's very much a do it yourself experience with little to no resort staff around to help out. So as I was skiing on my own, was grateful to have BDS showing me the ropes so to speak! Everyone at the fields was super friendly, there's a communal BBQ on the deck that everyone shares, and you'll probably find NZs most hard core skiers! Would have been much more challenging to get up to the field (probably would've needed chains for the road) without Black Diamond. Highly recommend them and good value for the day!

9. New Zealand Alpine and Agriculture Centre

160 Main Street, Methven 7730, New Zealand +64 3-302 9666
Excellent
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4 based on 6 reviews

New Zealand Alpine and Agriculture Centre

Reviewed By Alison A

We visited the Centre on a rainy afternoon with my 5-year old son. Although it is quite small, all the displays are very well put together and informative. We spent almost 3 hours there and learned a lot about the Canterbury region and its amazing agricultural and alpine activities. Lots of interactive displays to keep the kids entertained.

10. Lake Coleridge

Methven 7572, New Zealand
Excellent
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Lake Coleridge

Reviewed By AMsays - Thornhill, Canada

Lake Coleridge is accessible from either Methven or Darfield, along Hwy 77 and then Coleridge Road. This large lake with a surface area of 47 km², was formed by glacial gouging 20,000 years ago. Today, it is still an impressive site; a little rough around the edges, but placid with ne’er a ripple. A little out of the way, although we did see some people hiking, a boat in the distance, possible fishing and a young couple with their tent and bicycles meters from the water’s edge..

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