Although best known as a ski resort, Methven offers a huge array of year-round activities, including fishing, golfing, scenic flights, hunting, mountaineering, skydiving, horseriding and 4WD safaris. For something a little different, there are hot air balloon
flights high above the Canterbury
Plains with superb views of the Southern Alps, or try whitewater rafting and jetboating at nearby Rakaia Gorge. During winter, Methven is a mecca for skiers and snowboarders heading for the popular Mount Hutt Ski Area
, and there is plenty of après-ski entertainment, with restaurants, bars and a nightclub. Nature lovers will find some lovely walks through the Mount Hutt Forest Park and at nearby Pudding Hill Reserve. Methven is popular during summer months as a conference centre, and also hosts the annual Methven Rodeo in October.