Reaching out from the foothills of the mighty Southern Alps, the Canterbury Plains stretch all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Well serviced by Christchurch International Airport, it doesn't take long to leave the city behind and become immersed in the Plains and the rural heartland of New Zealand.
In summer months, Canterbury is popular with local and visiting holidaymakers alike. They come to relax, chase the elusive salmon, hike, indulge golfing passions or just revel in the magnificent environment.
Methven is best known as the gateway to Mt Hutt. The locals are easygoing and welcome you to their cosy bars, bustling bistros and fine restaurants. In an ideal location, just over an hour from Christchurch, one of Methven’s prime attraction is the international standard skiing and snowboarding offered at Mt Hutt. When the first winter snow falls, Methven takes on a different character. The town buzzes with life as people from all corners of the world descend on the township with their skis and boards. As well as the Mt Hutt Ski Area, Canterbury is also home to many club and smaller ski areas. You are always welcome and can look forward to a friendly reception and fun atmosphere on these ski fields. If you are looking for adventure, Methven is also the base for some of the finest heliskiing and boarding in the world – and Brinkley Resort Mt Hutt has a helipad on site for your convenience.
Canterbury is a region of endless beauty and great diversity – high mountains, powerful rivers, rolling pasture, thermal pools, sandy surf and swimming beaches, rocky peninsulas, lively cities and quiet villages. Activities are just as diverse from full-on adventure to sedate sightseeing.