NZ Alpine & Agricultural Encounter - Methven Heritage Centre

Methven Encounter

NZ Alpine & Agriculture Encounter

The New Zealand Alpine & Agriculture Encounter is an experiential visitor attraction located in the centre of Methven, Mid Canterbury.

This multi-faceted walk through encounter uses audio/visual displays, large exhibits showcasing farming and snow sports. The Encounter also has three sub themes, geology, weather, and water.

The Encounter has been created to give visitors a real understanding of the way of life in rural Canterbury and the way our two key industries, farming and snowsports are linked together through trade, tourism and shared reliance on our unique geology and climate.

New Zealand Ski Memorabilia

The New Zealand Ski Heritage Museum was established in 2000 as part of the Methven Heritage Centre project, in order to preserve the heritage of New Zealand skiing. Click here to view more information on New Zealand Ski Memorabilia.

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Opening Hours

Summer (October – May)

Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm
Weekends and Public Holidays 10am – 2pm

Winter (June – September)

Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm
Weekends and Public Holidays 10am – 4pm


Entrance tickets can be purchased at the Ihub desk during opening hours.

Adult: $10.00
Senior Citizen: $7.00
University Student: $7.50
Child (11-15yrs): $5.00
Children 10 and under Free
Group (10 or more adults): $7.50 each
School Group (preorganised): $5.00 each (no charge for teachers & parents)

Annual Passes

Annual passes are valid for 12 months from date of purchase and provide unlimited access to the encounter.

2 Adults (Children 10 and under FOC): $50.00
1 Adult (Children 10 and under FOC): $30.00

Kids 4 Free Deal

K4F-blueVisit the NZ Alpine & Agriculture Encounter and one full paying adult entitles one child to free entry. Applies to children 10 years and under at time of entry. Not available in conjunction with any other special, discount or group offer. Proof of child’s age may be required at time of check in or other services provided.




School Visits/Education Programmes – Curriculum Relevant

  • Farming
  • Helper Bugs
  • Innovators
  • Seeds
  • Survival
  • Dairy NZ’s Life on a dairy farm
  • Conservation
  • Managing our resources
  • Tourism
  • Geography/ Geology

Methven also has accommodation and activity operators who have facilities which are ideal for schools and who will work with you to make an exciting and cost effective school camp.

Methven Heritage Centre


The NZ Alpine & Agriculture Encounter is located within the Mt Hutt Memorial Hall, a modern, purpose built facility which is also home to the Mt Hutt Function Centre, Hall of Memories, Mt Hutt Memorial Hall Art Gallery, iHub Methven, New Zealand Ski Heritage Museum, Mt Hutt Snow Centre, Methven Travel, and community meeting rooms.


+64 3 302 9666



Mt Hutt Memorial Hall
160 Main Street
Canterbury, NZ

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Phone: 03 302 9666