Geared primarily towards skiers, Abisko Lodge has all the mod cons winter sportspeople would expect from a medium range hotel and campsite. They have a decent location, within walking distance of the Methven town center. Abisko Lodge is a 30-minute drive from the boutiques and shops at Ashburton town. It offers free parking and is a 1.5-hour drive from Christchurch International Airport.
Whether you're just passing through Methven or looking to hit up the nearby Mount Hutt, it's hard to complain about Abisko Lodge. They have a great variety of accommodation options, ranging from standard hotel rooms to self contained apartments, and a campsite with plenty of room for campervans. Their rooms are heated, and have a few bells and whistles like flat screen TVs. However, the place really works best for skiers looking for a place to crash between days on Mount Hutt. They have a decent ski storage area, and the local staff can offer plenty of information on the peak. They're extremely helpful, and a great example of New Zealand hospitality.
The lodge has a pretty good location. It's one of just two campgrounds in Methven, and is just a short walk to the town center. Also within walking distance are restaurants, cafes, a supermarket, ski hire stores and of course, the local pub. Further afield, Ashburton is about a 30 minute drive. It's much larger than Methven, though the trip is only really necessary for supplies not available in town.
Last but not least, Mount Hutt is likewise about half an hour away. At the time of writing there was no accommodation on the mountain itself, meaning Methven is the closest you'll get to the slopes in terms of getting a bed. If you'd like to see the mountain first thing in the morning, then their self contained apartments can't be recommended enough. On clear days, they have some great views of the peak.
Abisko Lodge offers three types of accommodation: rooms, self contained apartments and the campgrounds. The rooms range from twins to doubles, triples and quads. All rooms come with basics like refrigerators, TVs and wi-fi access. Private bathrooms and showers are available. The self contained apartments offer extra privacy and space, plus great views of the mountain.
Finally, the campgrounds are clean, well ordered and comfortable.
The lodge also offers a decent range of additional services, including a hot tub and sauna. It's a really nice addition for winter sportspeople. Nothing beats a hot soak after a day on the slopes. There's also a cosy bar, kitchen facilities and gear storage for skiers.
Their full list of services and facilities includes:
- Airport shuttle
- Shuttle service (surcharge)
- Airport shuttle (surcharge)
- Ticket service
- Ski storage
- Sauna/ hot tub
- Kitchen facilities
Surf & Other Activities
Methven's biggest draw card is the nearby Mount Hutt. The mountain offers the south island's largest ski area. It has a great range of slopes suitable for everyone from beginners to seasoned sportspeople. The magic carpet lift is perfect for anyone just getting into skiing. On the other end of the spectrum, the south face boasts some advanced runs they'll get serious skiers' blood pumping. Meanwhile, the mountain also has access to sprawling off-piste areas.Apart from the skiing. Methven also has some good hiking. It's not a bad place to get a taste for New Zealand's great outdoors. Horse riding and cycling routes are also available.
|7 nights||Double Lodge Room (Double Share)||Package||US$588||Per person||01 Jun-01 Nov|
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