Suggested time: 2 Days
Famed for its ski experiences, Mid Canterbury also has a diverse range of activities to enjoy year-round. Choose from white-water rafting, skydiving, golfing, visiting gardens of blazing blooms, uncovering relics of aviation and transport history, hiking or mountain biking, nature trails or experiencing traditional rural hospitality.
Day 1 - Rakaia River & Terrace Downs Golf Resort
Less than an hour from Christchurch, enjoy an adrenalin pumping experience you'll never forget with a jet boat ride down the spectacular Rakaia River. Hold on tight and soak in the dramatic landscape including views of the Southern Alps.
Travel to Terrace Downs Golf Resort, a unique New Zealand destination with panoramic views of Mount Hutt. Enjoy lunch at Tilley's Bar & Brassiere/Cafe before trying your hand at a round of golf - only one of the many activities on offer. Try clay pigeon shooting or archery, enjoy a horse trek, hunting, fishing, or a relaxing massage at the day spa.
Day 2 - Methven
The ultimate way to experience this area is from the sky, so take off with Ballooning Canterbury for a magical morning.
Stop for lunch at the The Last Post Café - a beautiful historic building with a special atmosphere and excellent cuisine.
Visit the Icehouse Gallery & Damask Boutique (corner of Forest Drive & McMillan Street, Methven), with artwork ranging from traditional landscapes to sculpture, wood carving, photography, glass, ceramics, jewellery and much more.
There's a range of fantastic accommodation in Methven and any of the choices add to your high country experience:
- Brinkley Resort offers self contained apartments ideal for a relaxing evening.
- Ski Time Lodge & Luxury Villas offer open fires, an extensive wine list, fantastic food and a stylish, cosy atmosphere.
Day 3 - Depart Methven
Enjoy breakfast at Primo E Secundo, delicious food with a warm welcome.