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An Advenutre In Canterbury's Mountains

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

Key Road trip facts
- Route travelled: Christchurch to Christchurch via Mount Hutt
- Who: Gerald, Louisa-Ann, Isaac, Michael


3 days

Best time of year

All year round


Christchurch to Christchurch



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

Road trip highlights:


Mystical morning over Lake Heron

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 - very friendly operator helped us with setting up our campervan for the night. We would have been so stuck without him! 

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!


Day One Christchurch to Methven
Distance: 80km Driving time: 1.5 hours

Stargazing with the Britz Campervan 

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 Two Methven To Lake Heron
Distance: 72 km Driving time: 1.5 hours

Mt Hutt Summit looking over Rakaia River

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.

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Day Three Lake Heron to Christchurch
Distance: 152km Driving time: 2.5 hours

Morning Views 

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.


Thanks to Gerald Lim @geraldlimnz for the story and photos. 

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