Travel - How to get to Methven from Christchurch International Airport
Shortest route - total travel distance 98km
Christchurch International Airport to Rakaia 57km
Rakai to Methven (via Thomsons Track) 41km
From Christchurch International Airport, follow the main road out of the airpor, at the large round about (traffic circle) turn right onto High Way 1 The sign when leaving the round about says Hornby, Timaru. In 6km you need to turn right to stay on Highway 1, this is a traffic light intersection and there is a sign with Ashburton, Timaru Highway 1. Follow this Highway for 47km to Rakaia.
After crossing the Rakaia River bridge - its extremely long and narrow you will arrive in Rakaia. Pass the big Trout on your right and turn right onto Elizabeth Ave at the Mobil Petrol Station.
At the round about (traffic circle), take the easy left hand turn folllowing the green sign to Mt Somers, Mayfield, Geraldine via Thomsons Track - this takes you onto Thomsons Track. After crossing the railway tracks Thomsons Track is a very straight road for 30km. The first intersection where Thomsons Track does not have right of way you will see a sign to Methven, turn right here to follow this sign. It is 11km to Methven.
Scenic route - total travel distance 100km
This route takes a more scenic route to Methven, heading across the Canterbury plains to the foot of the southern alps and through the Rakaia gorge.
Notes on driving in New Zealand
Methven Travel provides regular transport services from Christchurch Airport and surrounding hotels and motels to Methven and return.
Bookings are essential. This shuttle can be chartered by groups, so we encourage participants to coordinate with each other via our forum, to book together and negotiate a better rate.
We think that staying in the same accommodation with others from the conference is a great way to get to know each other. We like these places - they are close to the Heritage Centre venue, and they are offering us a conference discount!
Barkers Lodge and Cedar Chalets - across the street
Abisko Lodge - 5 minute walk
Skitime Lodge - 10 minute walk
If you are looking for another place to stay, it is easy to book something through the Methven Information Centre
If you want to liaise with other conference participants in regards to sharing a ride or accommodation, we suggest you make use of our online Forum.
Methven Heritage Centre
160 Main Street
PO Box 43