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Canterbury's Mountains

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Follow four friends as they travel into Canterbury's mountains in search of skiing, stargazing and adventure.

Travel

3 to 5 days


Route

Christchurch to Christchurch

305km


Best Time of the Year

all year round

Highlights

  • Dinner at The Dubliner
  • Seeing the Milky Way
  • Clay Bird Shooting
  • Skiing at Mount Hutt

The Journey

Days

1 2 3

Day 1
Christchurch to Methven

Distance 80km - Driving Time 1 hour 30 mins

Packed our Britz Frontier Campervan and hit the road in the evening. On arriving in Methven, we checked in at Methven Camping Ground, who were very helpful in helping us get set up for the night. Had a couple of stouts and an amazing dinner at The Dubliner - the dry rubbed baby back ribs with spiced orange glaze was seriously good!

Day 2
Methven to Lake Heron

Distance 72km - Driving Time 1 hour 30 mins

Woke up early morning and caught the Methven Travel Ski Bus to Mt Hutt. Was our first ski of the season, and had an epic day. Lunch at Huber’s Hut was great - try the Mulled Ginger Beer. On returning to Methven, we met up with the rest of the group, and just had to go back to The Dubliner for more! After that, we made our way to Lake Heron.

Day 3
Lake Heron to Christchurch

Distance 152km - Driving Time 2 hours 30 mins

We were hoping to get great photos at the lake, however, the weather had different plans. So we retreated to the campervan for some ready mix pancakes cooked in the really well-equipped kitchen. We then hit the road again to Terrace Downs for Clay Bird Shooting. Heaps of fun shooting clays, and Neil was such a great coach! After Terrace Downs, it was time to head home to Christchurch.

Road trip highlights:

Where was the best view? Summit of Mt Hutt overlooking the Rakaia River

Where was the best picnic stop? Lake Heron

Where was your favourite place/town visited and why? Terrace Downs is so beautiful!

What was your favourite experience/activity & why? Clay bird shooting was definitely my favourite experience this weekend - seeing those clays explode in mid-air is so satisfying!

Top highlights? Dinners at The Dubliner, Cooking in the campervan, Seeing the Milky Way from the campervan, Clay Bird Shooting, Skiing at Mount Hutt

Best café for coffee? Primo, Methven

Favourite pub/restaurant? The Dubliner, Methven

Did you have a favourite Holiday Park you stayed in and why? Methven Camping Grounds 

What would be your top tip for other campervan travellers For less stress and hassle, go for the All Inclusive Pack, and Express Return Pack!

Can you share a recipe from something you cooked in the campervan? Not really a recipe, but ready mix pancakes. Less time cooking, more time exploring!

What is your greatest memory of the whole campervan holiday? Waking up to awesome views, and not freezing while doing it! ​