While Methven has made a name for itself as a ski town the area is fast becoming a weekend hotspot in summer too thanks to a very strong bike culture. A range of already established mountain bike trails ensures there is something for everyone (from first-timers to the elite) and more trails are planned thanks to a dedicated club (Bike Methven) driving the development at Mt Hutt Bike Park.
Options range from an easy loop circuit through farmland around the Methven town boundary to adventurous downhill tracks & cross country trails at Mt Hutt Bike Park. The nearby Hakatere Conservation Park also provides an array of options for mountain bikers.
Half & Full Day Rides
Multiple Day Rides
Our quiet country roads (with stunning views up to the Southern Alps) provide great flat riding for road cyclists. The Tinwald Cycling Club hold several of their Sunday Race Series events in the Methven region (open to anyone to enter) and several road cycling and multi sport events are held each year. Pop-in to see the team at Big Al's and they'll send you off in the right direction.
Big Al's, located in the centre of Methven, provides bike rental (full suspension x country and XC hardtrails), retail (including a good range of spares, tyres and tubes) and workshop facilities thanks to Shimano and Sram certified mechanic Richie. Make sure you pop-in to see the team for trail-maps, riding tips and information on all the local trails.
Experience Mid Canterbury is committed to cycle recreation and is driving the development of the Braided Waters Cycle Trail, an “Otago Rail Trail” type concept which when completed will provide a 3m wide trail following some of the district's braided rivers and a network of canals, up to 145km in length. Sections of the trail are already completed, such as a great ride for families from Ashburton to Lake Hood (7km). View the Ashburton Walk & Cycle Map for more information.
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For more information on biking in the Methven region contact the Methven i-SITE Visitor Centre
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