Methven, New Zealand

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Piwakawaka (Māori)
Methven town centre
Methven town centre
Methven is located in New Zealand
Coordinates: 43°38′S 171°39′E / 43.633°S 171.650°E / -43.633; 171.650Coordinates: 43°38′S 171°39′E / 43.633°S 171.650°E / -43.633; 171.650
CountryNew Zealand
Territorial authorityAshburton District
 (June 2018)[1]
 • Total1,880
Area code03

Methven (Māori: Piwakawaka [2]) is a small town in the Canterbury region of the South Island of New Zealand. It is located near the western edge of the Canterbury Plains, 35 kilometres north of Ashburton. It was originally the railhead of a short branch railway off the Main South Line. Branching off from Rakaia, the Methven Branch travelled through Lauriston and Lyndhurst to Methven and operated from 1880 until 1976.

It is a rural service town throughout the year, but undergoes a stark transformation in winter. Mount Hutt skifield is around half an hour away from Methven, the closest town. As such, a number of cafes, bars, and restaurants lie relatively dormant over the summer months. Similarly, the town's accommodation providers have a strongly seasonal trade. In addition to skiing, another popular attraction is hot air ballooning, the annual Mountain Thunder motorcycle street-races and the annual rodeo. Mount Hutt college is Methven's main school and has a very popular Outdoor Pursuits class available which attracts students from all over the country.

The population was 1707 in the 2013 Census, an increase of 309 from 2006.[3]

Methven was home to Rajah, New Zealand's first police dog.[4]

Methven also served as a base to cast and crew for the filming of Edoras (located further inland), for The Lord of the Rings.


Methven has three schools.

  • Methven Primary School is a state contributing primary (Year 1 to 6) school. It has 259 students as of March 2019.[5]
  • Mount Hutt College is a state Year 7 to 13 secondary school. It has 463 students as of March 2019.[5]
  • Our Lady of Snow School is a state-integrated Catholic full primary (Year 1 to 8) school. It has 32 students as of March 2019.[5]


  1. ^ "Subnational Population Estimates: At 30 June 2018 (provisional)". Statistics New Zealand. 23 October 2018. Retrieved 23 October 2018. For urban areas, "Subnational population estimates (UA, AU), by age and sex, at 30 June 1996, 2001, 2006-18 (2017 boundaries)". Statistics New Zealand. 23 October 2018. Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  2. ^ Methven
  3. ^ 2013 Census QuickStats about a place : Methven
  4. ^ Duffy, Barbara. "RAJAH - the wonder dog from Methven". Ashburton Online. Archived from the original on 21 August 2009. Retrieved 31 July 2008.
  5. ^ a b c "Directory of Schools - as at 3 April 2019". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 9 May 2018.

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