Mt Hutt

Day 1: Arrival and Acclimation

Morning: Arrival in Methven Your adventure begins in Methven, a quaint township that serves as the gateway to Mount Hutt ski. Check into the Brinkley Resort, a premier accommodation offering self-contained apartments and stunning mountain views. Start your day with a sumptuous breakfast at the resort’s Shackleton’s Bar and Grill, fueling up for the day ahead with their locally sourced menu.

Afternoon: Explore Methven Spend your first afternoon getting acquainted with Methven. Visit the Methven Heritage Centre to learn about the area’s rich history and the significance of skiing in the region. For lunch, head over to the Blue Pub, a local favorite, for a casual meal featuring classic New Zealand pub fare. Spend the rest of your day exploring the local shops, or for those eager to start their skiing adventure, consider renting your equipment from Big Al’s Snowsports to avoid the morning rush.

Evening: Relaxing Dinner Conclude your day with a relaxing dinner at the Ski Time Restaurant & Lodge. Known for its warm ambiance and delicious cuisine, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy dishes made from fresh, local ingredients. Retire early to ensure you’re well-rested for your first day on the slopes.

Day 2: A Day on Mount Hutt

Morning: First Tracks on Mount Hutt Rise early and head to Mount Hutt, renowned for its wide, well-groomed runs and breathtaking views. The ski area caters to all skill levels, from wide beginner slopes to challenging advanced terrain. Beginners can take advantage of the ski school, where experienced instructors offer lessons to help novices find their confidence on the snow.

Lunch: Mountain Dining For lunch, enjoy a meal with a view at the Sky High Café located at the base of Mount Hutt. Offering a variety of options, from hearty burgers to nutritious salads, it’s a great place to recharge before heading back out to the slopes.

Afternoon: More Skiing and Exploring Spend your afternoon further exploring the slopes of Mount Hutt. Advanced skiers might tackle the challenging trails of the South Face, while those looking for a more leisurely experience can enjoy the scenic runs that offer panoramic views of the Canterbury Plains.

Evening: Après-Ski and Star Gazing After a day on the slopes, head back to Methven for some well-deserved après-ski. The Brown Pub offers a cozy atmosphere to relax and share stories of the day’s adventures over a pint. Later, embark on a unique night-time activity by joining a star-gazing tour. The clear skies over Methven offer some of the best astronomical views in the Southern Hemisphere, making for an unforgettable experience.

Day 3: Adventure and Departure

Morning: Snow Fun and Helicopter Tours For those who want to experience Mount Hutt beyond the slopes, consider booking a helicopter tour for breathtaking aerial views of the Southern Alps. Alternatively, enjoy a leisurely morning with snowshoeing around the Methven area, providing a peaceful exploration of the winter landscape.

Lunch: Local Flavors Head back to Methven for lunch at the Primo e Secundo, a charming café and deli that offers a selection of gourmet sandwiches, soups, and salads, showcasing local produce and flavors.

Afternoon: Departure or Last-minute Adventures Depending on your departure time, you might squeeze in one last adventure. The Awa Awa Rata Reserve offers beautiful walking trails that are perfect for stretching your legs and taking in the natural beauty of the region one last time. Alternatively, use this time to relax in Methven, visiting any shops or cafes you may have missed.

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