Inland Scenic Route From Rakaia River to Lake Tekapo

The Scenic Highway becomes Mt Hutt Station Road as it gets closer to Methven and it passes right underneath the towering Mount Hutt near the braided upper reaches of the Rakaia River. Mt Hutt or Methven is a great place for an inexpensive New Zealand ski holiday. At 2086m Mt Hutt has one of the largest vertical drops in the South Island and I am told that on a clear day you can see all the way across the Canterbury Plains out to the Pacific Ocean. Although we have been driving and sightseeing for 4 days now we realise we are STILL only 1 hour's drive from Christchurch!!!

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