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Club fields package tour

Methven New Zealand
Methven New Zealand
The Brown Pub Methven NZ
The Brown Pub Methven NZ
The Beautiful Backdrop of Mt Hutt
The Beautiful Backdrop of Mt Hutt
Main Street Methven NZ
Main Street Methven NZ
Methven Heli Skiing
Methven Heli Skiing
The Brown Pub Methven
The Brown Pub Methven
Main intersection of Methven NZ
Main intersection of Methven NZ
Near Methven New Zealand
Near Methven New Zealand
Methven Ski Shop
Methven Ski Shop
Mt Hutt New Zealand
Mt Hutt New Zealand
Methven Ski Field - Mt Hutt
Methven Ski Field - Mt Hutt
Ski Time, Methven Accommodation
Ski Time, Methven Accommodation
Rakaia Gorge near Methven
Rakaia Gorge near Methven
Brinkley Resort Methven
Brinkley Resort Methven
Mt Taylor Lodge - Methven Accommodation
Mt Taylor Lodge - Methven Accommodation
Methven New Zealand
Methven New Zealand
Heli Ski Methven
Heli Ski Methven
Methven Jet Boating
Methven Jet Boating
The Last Post Cafe
The Last Post Cafe
Methven Accommodation with Neon Pom Pom
Methven Accommodation with Neon Pom Pom

Methven

Ski Methven New Zealand

Methven is a quaint little country town in the Canterbury region of the South Island of New Zealand. Sometimes referred to as Mt Hutt Village, Methven New Zealand is an ideal base for skiing at Mt Hutt which is only 30 minutes away.

Where is Methven NZ?

Methven is located 94km west of Christchurch and just over an hour drive from the Christchurch International Airport, so it’s very accessible.

Methven Accommodation

There is no shortage of accommodation in Methven NZ and every 2nd house seems to be a B&B, lodge or backpackers. Prices for Methven accommodation are incredibly low, so the town is a great place for a good value ski holiday. Go to our Methven accommodation page where you can view properties and compare rates, check availability and book online.

Methven Ski Fields

Most visitors to Methven will be very happy just skiing or snowboarding at Mt Hutt, but those looking for an adventure or in the event that Mt Hutt becomes “Mt Shut”, there is a smorgasbord of other Methven skiing options within 1.5 hours drive of town.

Some of the NZ ski club fields in the Canterbury Highlands are absolute gems for adventurous skiers and boarders, and a fabulous way to explore the skiwi culture! Craigieburn Ski Field, Broken River and Mt Olympus are best suited to advanced and expert riders with good fitness and spirit. Approximate drive times from Methven are:

Porters (approx 1:15 hours from Methven) is a small commercial ski field that has terrain for all ability levels including beginners, and it is very family focused. Unlike most of the Canterbury club fields that have nutcracker ropetows, Porters is serviced by a chair lift and T-bars which are much less intimidating for those who've never used a nutcracker.

Mt Cheeseman (about 1 hour to 1:15 away) is also very family friendly, has terrain for all abilities, and has T-bars instead of nutcrackers.

There are shuttles between Methven and Mt Hutt readily available. To get to the other ski fields, you’ll need a 4WD vehicle or you can get there with Black Diamond Safaris who will also make sure you get the most out of the club fields. See our Methven travel page for information on how to get to the ski fields.

Methven Heli Skiing
The Methven area is also a centre for New Zealand heli skiing, and like elsewhere in NZ, the heli skiing costs a fraction of what it does elsewhere in the world. Heli skiing is an amazing experience for those who love skiing or boarding untracked snow, phenomenal scenery, and a great adventure. Methven Heli Ski is the primary operator in the area. Their steep terrain is particularly well geared to advanced to expert skiers & boarders.

Methven Bars and Nightlife

Methven NZ is not a crazy ‘party town’ like Queenstown. There is definitely nightlife, albeit somewhat mellow. There is a good selection of Methven restaurants and bars, and a couple of pubs. If the foul weather sets in, there’s potential you might spend a bit of time at the Brown or Blue Pub!

Non-Skiing Methven Activities

Considering there is a reasonable chance that the ski areas and heli skiing will be closed for at least one day during your stay, you will need to keep your itinerary flexible. Bring a book (and an umbrella) and plan for other things to do on your “rest day”. Non-skiing activities around Methven New Zealand include jet boating in the Rakaia Gorge and playing golf on the picturesque golf courses.

Ski Methven: Summary of Pros & Cons

Pros

  • A Methven ski holiday provides much better value for money than Queenstown or Wanaka. In particular, the Methven accommodation is where you’ll make big savings.
  • For those flying into New Zealand from across the ditch, flights into Christchurch are reasonably inexpensive, especially when compared to flights into Queenstown.
  • The positives of the town are what Methven doesn’t have – no crowds, no touristy hype, no attitude, and no pressure.
  • Methven has a great heli skiing operation, Methven Heliski.
  • Methven skiing is great for adventure skiers and boarders considering its proximity to the club fields.
  • Methven has quintessential New Zealand friendliness.

Cons

  • Those who just want to ski at Mt Hutt may be subjected to some non-ski days when it becomes Mt Shut.
  • Methven activities are rather limited beyond the skiing and snowboarding and there’s negligible shopping.

Pro or Con Depending on Your Perspective

  • Methven is not flamboyant like the ski town of Queenstown. The culture is pleasantly laid-back and it is a great place to unwind.
  • Methven might not have a beautiful lake but it does have the spectacular backdrop of Mt Hutt and surrounding mountains. 

Tours That May Include Methven

Safari (Road Trip) Tours
South Island Snow Safari DETAILS
FULLY HOSTED & GUIDED ROAD TRIP
7 Days | 6 Nights | 6 Skiing | 6 Resorts
From price based on multi-share "lift only" package.
Base/invoice currency is in NZD.
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Price p/p
USD 1,277
To be eligible for any advertised specials you must book & pay the required deposit by the last day of the promotion...no exceptions. Conditions apply...please enquire for an accurate quote.
Ability: Beginner to Advanced
This 7 day adventure is ideal for the young at heart who want to pack in as much skiing and fun as possible into a single week. You will visit up to 6 of NZ's great ski areas with professional guides who will get you to the best skiing in each of the locations.
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours
Clubbies Snow Hunter Safari DETAILS
GUIDED OFF-PISTE ADVENTURE
4 Nights | Up to 5 Days Skiing/Riding
From price based on twin-share (group of 4).
Base/invoice currency is in NZD.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 1,135
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Wanting a MAXIMUM ski or snowboard adventure in NZ this year? This FULLY CUSTOMISABLE tour (from 2 nights) might be just the ticket! Based in Methven or Castle Hill, you will chase the best snow each day at Mt Olympus, Craigieburn, Broken River & Mt Cheeseman with an expert local guide, 4 X 4 & driver.
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Mint Methven Heli Tour DETAILS
GUIDED SNOWBOARDING ADVENTURE
6 Days | 5 Nights | 1 Day Heli + 2 Days Resort
From price based on twin/double-share option.
Base/invoice currency is in AUD inc taxes.
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Price p/p
USD 1,715
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Warm up with a day of riding at the big resort of MT HUTT and then a day at one of the lesser know CLUB FIELDS before shredding some of the best powder in NZ with a day of HELI BOARDING in the ARROWSMITH RANGES with METHVEN HELISKI.
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Neon PomPom - Canterbury Adventure DETAILS
LIFT ACCESSED OFF-PISTE ADVENTURE
FROM: 3 Nights | 2 Days Skiing/Riding
From price based on 3 nights / 2 days skiing twin-share (per person).
Base/invoice currency is inc NZD.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 1,349
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Ski at some of NZ's hidden gems with experts who have an intimate knowledge of the terrain & local areas and sit back and enjoy great in-chalet hospitality every day. Just turn up and, have fun and then leave; everything else is catered for!
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Ski & Snowboard Camp Tours
Neon PomPom - FreeSki Academy DETAILS
BACKCOUNTRY FREE RIDING PROGRESSION
6 Nights | 5 Days Coaching / Guiding
From price based on 6 nights / 5 days skiing twin-share (per person).
Base/invoice currency is inc NZD.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 2,485
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Become a safer, stronger, better off-piste freeskier or boarder with the Neon PomPom Freeski Academy! New Zealand’s first all-inclusive, privately-hosted, off-piste ski & snowboarding coaching experience. Ski NZ's epic Club Fields with options for Heli Skiing.
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Backcountry Skiing Tours
High Peak Heliski FLEXI Packages DETAILS
HELISKIING & CLUB FIELDS FLEXI PACKAGE
5 Nights Lodging & Meals | Airport Transfers
From price based on 5 nights twin/double-share deluxe lodging with meals & open bar including return airport transfers.
Base/invoice currency is in NZD inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 1,207
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
This FULLY CUSTOMISABLE deluxe package is available from 2 days or more (however the example package is based on 4 nights deluxe lodging, all ground transport, all gourmet meals, open bar...and you can add what you need as you go.
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New Zealand Heli Touring DETAILS
FULLY GUIDED HELI ASSISTED TOURING
4 Nights | 5 Days Touring | 3 Areas to Choose From
From price based on twin/multi-share lodging and group of 4.
Base/invoice currency is in AUD inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 1,287
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Head off for 5 days of touring in the Arrowsmith Ranges out of Methven or the Mt Cook Area, touring areas include the Tasman, Murchison, Mannering, Aida, Fox and Franz Josef glaciers. There are many non-technical ascents leading to some incredible downhill turns.....
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Heli Skiing Tours
High Peak Heliski & Clubbie Combo DETAILS
HELISKIING & CLUB FIELDS COMBO PACKAGES
6 Nights Lodging | 2 Days Heli | 3 Days Club Fields
From price based on 6 nights twin/double-share inc. 2 days heli + 3 days guided club fields.
Base/invoice currency is in NZD.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 3,692
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
This FULLY CUSTOMISABLE deluxe package is available from 2 days or more (however the example package is based on 2 days heli + 3 days guided club field days + 6 nights deluxe lodging, all gound transport, all gourmet meals, open bar...
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Methven Heliski Day Heli Skiing DETAILS
METHVEN HELISKI - DAY HELI SKIING
Standard 5 Run "Perfect" Package
From price based on PERFECT 5-run day.
Base/invoice currency is in NZD inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 763
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Methven Heliski is one of New Zealand's premier heli ski companies offering what many would agree is NZ's best heli skiing terrain. Don't just take it from us, book a day or more and experience it for yourself!
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High Peak Heliski DETAILS
DELUXE HELISKIING PACKAGES
4 Nights Deluxe Lodging | 3 Days Heliskiing
From price based on 4 nights twin/double-share inc. 3 days heli.
Base/invoice currency is in NZD.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 3,053
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
This FULLY CUSTOMISABLE deluxe package is available from 2 days or more. Everything is taken care of for you from the time you arrive at Christchurch airport to the time you depart; deluxe lodging, gourmet meals, all ground transport....
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