Just one hour’s drive from Christchurch, nestled in the heart of New Zealand's South Island is Piwakawaka otherwise known as Methven. It is a charming gateway to captivating landscapes and seemingly endless adventures. This region is surrounded by the majestic Southern Alps and lush valleys, and holds a special place in the hearts of both locals and international travellers. Its unique blend of natural beauty and exhilarating activities makes it a year-round destination that never fails to enchant.

Seasonal Wonders: Methven's appeal transforms with each season, promising an array of activities for all interests.


  • Spring: As snow melts, hiking trails unveil meadows and wetlands on the Methven Walkway, providing a glimpse of unique flora and fauna.
  • Summer: Warm temperatures invite mountaineering in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park or adrenaline-packed activities like skydiving and jet boating.
  • Autumn: Fall foliage adorns Rakaia Gorge, while wine tours offer a taste of the region's best vintages.
  • Winter: Methven flourishes during winter, offering access to Southern Alps' ski fields, including Mount Hutt, a haven for skiers and snowboarders.


Methven encapsulates New Zealand's landscapes, adventures, hospitality, and culture. A short distance from Christchurch and Queenstown, this enchanting destination promises an authentic Kiwi experience across all seasons.

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