Methven, just over an hour south of Christchurch, is a quiet rural town – mostly. It is the centre of a vibrant mix of farming activities (arable, sheep, dairy, small seeds) and has many related service industries.
But in the winter it transforms in to the nearest village to the Mt Hutt ski field, the mix of ski field staff and visiting skiers has encouraged the growth of businesses and activities beyond the norm for a small town.
In winter, everything revolves around the Mt Hutt ski field. With plenty of clear, crisp days though there is no excuse not to enjoy some local walks or bike trails. If the winter is cold enough, an outdoor ice skating rink at Staveley will open.
During summer many people come to Methven for the outdoor experiences; bush walks, fishing, jet boating, biking etc. There is also a popular Summer School in early January.
You can also see some of Bill’s photography around Methven at www.billirwinarts.com
or on his Instagram page