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The Methven region offers visitors an array of hiking & walking experiences; from a short walk suitable for the whole family, to challenging multi-day hikes across high country conservation land for the serious tramper.

Methven Walkway

The Methven walkway is an easy walkway mainly following grass verges beside the Rangitata Diversion Race (a hydro-electric irrigation channel) and private farmland. The Walkway commences and ends at the Methven i-SITE Visitor Centre and is intersected by various country roads allowing several walking options.

Mt Alford Conservation Area

Trampers on the new Mt Alford Track will pass through the Alford Scenic Reserve, climb beside a stream gully which emerges onto tussock grassland before climbing through subalpine vegetation to the summit of Mt Alford (1,171m). From the summit, trampers are rewarded with wide views across the Canterbury Plains and the inland mountains.

Mt Hutt Forest Conservation Area

The Mt Hutt Forest Conservation Area includes the Pudding Hill Scenic Reserve and the Awa Awa Rata Reserve. The Awa Awa Rata Reserve is a popular picnic area at the bottom of Mt Hutt with a magnificent display of flowering rhododendrons during spring, and is the starting point for variety of walking and tramping tracks.

Rivers & Lakes

New Zealand is full of pristine lakes and rivers. None more spectacular than the braided rivers and pure lakes of Canterbury.  The Rakaia River is one of the major braided rivers of Canterbury and is a river of national significance. The Rangitata River is known for its spectacular gorge and has been made world famous for the exciting and challenging rafting available. Lake Heron is the largest lake in the Hakatere Conservation park and is a nature reserve and wildlife refuge, in view of its importance to wildlife, particularly native birds. Lake Clearwater is also a wildlife refuge and is said to provide some of the best fishing in the district and Lake Emma (second largest in the conservation park) is the main breeding lake in the whole region for black swans.

For more information please visit amazingspace.co.nz