Travel the inland roads from Christchurch or Ashburton through the Canterbury plains, the largest area of flat land in New Zealand. Dwarfed by the huge Southern Alps is Methven, a popular winter resort and gateway to nearby Mount Hutt ski field.
Aside from skiing and snowboarding, the area is also a great base for fishing, jetboating, hiking or mountain biking. Head further towards the Alps and explore the vast riverbed of the Rangitata River valley—Mount Sunday can be seen from the unpaved road near the entrance to Mount Potts Station. And if you really want the best view of all, glide over the whole area in a hot air balloon. Magic!
Oceana serviced hotel apartments, Whindwhistle, New Zealand
Winner of the 2010 World Travel Awards as New Zealand's leading golf resort, Terrace Downs offers in-house and casual visitors a unique one-stop New Zealand getaway destination located just twenty minutes from the Mt Hutt access road and within an easy hour's scenic drive of Christchurch International Airport. Perched on the edge of the spectacular Rakaia River, the Resort boasts stunning views up to Mt Hutt and is within close proximity to various ski fields.
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