Staveley & Methven provide some of the best walking tracks in Canterbury, and while the 2 day Mt Somers Track is for the serious hiker, The Mt Somers Conservation Area also offers a variety of walks for everyone. From Staveley Heights, it’s only a short scenic walk into Sharplin Falls, an ideal picnic spot and swimming hole.
Walking Tracks & Hiking Trails
Woolshed Creek (via Mt Somers) provides a grassy, sheltered picnic area, and several short walks including the Nature Trail and Sidewinder Track.
The Rakaia Gorge Walkway traversing the edge of the Rakaia River offers unique geological and historical features and amazing views of the gorge. You can take a jet boat ride up the river and walk back.
The Awa Awa Rata Reserve at the bottom of Mt Hutt Forest is a good base for a variety of walks ranging from a 10 minute stroll past spring flowering rhododendrons to a 4.5km tramp onto a mountain ridge with magnificent views of the Canterbury Plains.
The Methven Walkway follows the Rangitata Diversion Race, beginning and ending at the Methven i-SITE Visitor Centre. It is also popular with cyclists & mountain bikers.
Peel Forest, located south of the Rangitata River, covers 700 hectares of rich and diverse forest that provides a variety of native bush, bird-life and a series of tracks for walkers.
Trampers on the new Mt Alford Track will pass through the Alford Scenic Reserve, climb beside a stream gully which emerges onto tussock grassland before climbing through subalpine vegetation to the summit of Mt Alford (1,171m).
Methven Walking Tracks Information Centre
For more information on walkways in the region collect a walkway brochure from the Methven i-SITE Visitor Centre in Methven township or visit the Methven walking tracks section on Methven’s information website.
- Mt Somers & Mt Somers Tracks
- Hakatere Conservation Park
- Upper Rangitata Basin – Erewhon, Mt Sunday & the Lord of the Rings location of Edoras
- Mt Hutt Conservation Area
- Mt Somers easy tramping tracks