Snow Denn Lodge

Private Lodge, Family and Backpackers Lodge 



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Winter 2020

Posted on July 29, 2020 at 12:25 AM

Hello fellow travellers and friends of Snow Denn Lodge 

I hope you are all enjoying the freedom that New Zealand has to offer at present and taking the time to explore our beautiful country. We are so spoilt by the magnificent scenery that is right on our back door step so make sure if you haven't already you take the time to get out and about and see what people travel half way across the world to see yet could be 5 minutes down the road from you!!! 

Winter 2020 is in full swing now and we have just enjoyed a very busy and full school holidays. We had lots and lots of wonderful families, backpackers, single travellers and couples stay with us so far this winter and we still have plenty more of you booked in to stay with us over the coming months. 

Mt Hutt has had a bumper of a start to its season and is now in full swing with plenty of staff and lots of snow for you all to enjoy. 

We have been loving the atmosphere at the lodge. The warmth from the fires roaring everyday and the fun, laughter and friendships that have been made and had have made us so proud of the lodges we have built and the atmosphere that is created in them each day. We have also had great joy from hearing all your wonderful reviews of Snow Denn Lodge so please keep the reviews coming. Share us, like us on Facebook and write reviews on your favourite review pages. Its one of the best ways to show other people how amazing Snow Denn Lodge is so that other people can enjoy our lodge just like you have. 

So, looking forward Mt Hutt is planning to stay open untill their regular closing date, that means just about 3 more months of skiing and snowboarding at Mt Hutt. Epic! 

If you haven't already had a chance to have a break and visit Snow Denn Lodge then give us a call or email and get your bookings in now. 

We look forward to see you all 

Safe Travels 

Laura and Tim  

Level 2

Posted on May 19, 2020 at 12:35 AM
Hello everyone.

We are so so pleased to say we are now open to the public again. So if you want to come and have a relaxing holiday in Methven you can.

Because everything is so quiet and due to delays caused by lockdown we are only opening one lodge at present.

Within this lodge we have rooms to suit all budgets and requirements. So please don't think we are limiting those who want to travel as we would love to see all of you. The beautiful log burner is running and all the rooms are lovely and warm with a fresh makeover.

Available at present we have our

Family Room with Ensuite - this is a Queen room with an overhead bunk and the bonus of its own ensuite.

Family Room with shared Bathroom - this is a Double bed room with overhead bunk and access to the communal bathrooms.

Dorm Rooms - these shared dorm rooms range in size from 2 - 4 - 5 and all have access to the communal bathrooms.

Single Room - this is a private Single bed room with access to the communal bathrooms.

All rooms come with all their linen and towels along with every room having its own heating system and also free Wifi is available through out the lodge.

Our communal bathrooms consist of 3 showers and two separate toilets.

Our communal kitchen is well equip with various work stations available.

And finally our dining and lounge areas are set up ready for you to relax in with plenty of seating, books, games, movies and of course a PlayStation.

Please for the best deals contact us through our website or call us on 03 3028999. By doing this you are dealing directly with the person who will be checking you in and cutting out the overseas owned middle man from taking his cut.

We look forward to seeing you all soon.

Lockdown Level 4 & Level 3

Posted on May 5, 2020 at 1:25 AM
Hello beautiful people.

We just wanted to write to you to let you know all the things we have been doing during Level 4 and 3 to make Snow Denn Lodge an even better place to visit when we all get to start travelling again.

And boy o boy have we been busy.

Laura has repainted nearly every room on both lodges! We have around 22 rooms so that's a pretty awesome!

These rooms have been also revamped and are all ready for the guests to see them for the Winter.

Now we are working on our bunk rooms. One thing we noticed, and have been desperately wanting to do is add extra shelves for each individual bunk, so you have somewhere to sit your phone and iPad at night. We have also come up with some super cool ideas to make sleeping nooks within each individual bunk so that when someone gets up early or in the middle of the night you have less chance of being disturbed. These nooks are so cool and I know you guys will love them. While we were working on the bunks they have all been lengthened for those with long legs and also made wider. I cant wait to show you all these rooms.

So what is next you might ask,

Well the private lodge is getting a new kitchen shortly to modernise it like the backpacker lodge did. Along with the bathrooms being revamped and made more user friendly. Exciting times!!!

Now its your turn to help us! You know we are the best place to stay in Methven, we have rooms to suit any budget and style. Weather your a family coming to stay on a Friday night so you can hit the slops early on a Saturday or a couple coming for a weekend away. Or maybe you are backpacking and you want to immerse your self in the Snow Denn Lodge life for a few days.

Regardless we would love to see you all, remember the more we see you the better we can make Snow Denn Lodge for you to enjoy.

An important note to remember.

Book on our website or call us to get the best deals.

The Great Snow Denn Lodge Cookbook

Posted on April 14, 2020 at 4:55 AM

This lockdown has given me so much time to think of ideas for Snow Denn Lodge and this one has to be one of my favourite ideas so far mainly because I've had so much time to research and spend time in the kitchen baking, cooking and planning this idea.

I've always wanted to create a recipe book and as I look through mine so many are cookbooks from various chefs and countries from around the world but I am always looking for new ones but also I love seeing what people create while cooking at Snow Denn Lodge so I thought why not combined the two and create The Great Snow Denn Lodge Cookbook.

So I have got a beautiful book that will be in the kitchen for you to write down and share your favourite recipe along with a section to write a little bit about yourself and your story.

And together we can create a book that not only guests at the lodge can read through and add to but also provide them with inspiration for their time in the Snow Denn Lodge kitchen.

Now I do understand there are guests who have stayed with us and would love to contribute to this and I would hate for you to miss out so if you want to share your recipe with us and future guests then just send your favourite recipe and a little blurb about yourself in a private message and we will add to the book.

I look forward to hearing from you if you have stayed with us in the past two years.

Together lets create, cook and inspire!!

Five Easy 15 minute meals

Posted on March 18, 2019 at 11:25 PM
During our first couple of years here at Snow Denn Lodge we have seen a very diverse range of things cooked and enjoyed in our kitchens from the simple Baked Beans on Toast to people creating cakes, biscuits and heavenly chocolatey desserts to share with the other Backpackers. This is a great way to make friends!

As Cooking is a huge passion of mine and I thought why not share a few of my favourite breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes with you. All recipes are easy, simple, can be made at the lodge and best of all they are delicious!

Most of my recipes I adapt from other recipes I read or find, weather is from the back of packets of ingredients or from recipes from the internet. But the most special recipes and 90% of my recipes come from the hundreds of recipe books I have ranging from my Nana's old recipe books to the latest chefs and celebrity cook books. What can I say, it sure is a passion.

So to start us off here is the first one of my five easy 15 minute meals for dinner. Enjoy and Happy Cooking.

This is adapted from Nadia Lim's Recipe from her Fresh Start Cookbook

All ingredients cant be found at our two local supermarkets Methven Supervalue and Methven 4 Square

Bacon Egg and Pea Fried Rice

Fried rice sauce

soy sauce 1½ - 2 teaspoons

Vegetable or Sesame oil 1 teaspoon

ginger 1 teaspoon, minced

garlic 1 clove, minced

Fried rice

oil 1 teaspoon

lean shoulder bacon 80g (about 2 rashers), diced

cold cooked rice 2 cups (leftover from 1-2 days before is best)

peas 1 cup (frozen, defrosted or slightly preboiled if you have time)

spring onions 2, finely sliced

eggs 2, lightly whisked with a pinch of salt

To serve

red chilli ½, finely chopped (optional)


1.Combine fried rice sauce ingredients together and set aside.

2.Heat oil in a wok or large non-stick fry pan on high heat. Cook bacon for about 2 minutes until it starts to crisp up, Add peas, spring onion and then add rice and stir-fry for another 2 minutes. Add fried rice sauce, and toss for 1-2 more minutes to mix and heat through. Push the fried rice to one side in the pan.

3. Add remaining oil to the other side of the hot pan and add beaten eggs. Cook quickly for about 1 minute, using a wooden spoon or fish slice to scramble the eggs slightly and break them up. When they are just beginning to set as an omelette, roughly break or chop up the omelette in the pan with the wooden spoon, and toss through the rest of the fried rice.

To serve, divide fried rice between plates and top with some fresh chilli, if using.


Mt Sunday, New Zealand

Posted on March 16, 2019 at 3:55 AM
Just over an hour drive through the Hakatere Conservation area and onto Mt Potts station is Mt Sunday. More of a hill than mountain, the short climb up gives a panoramic view of the Rangitata River. Surrounded by the Southern Alps, the drive to Mt Sunday is beautiful.

To get to Mt Sunday from Methven head south on scenic 72, turn at Mt Somers onto Ashburton Gorge Road. After 30 km the road turns to shingle as you enter the high country. The drive is beautiful passing by livestock, mountains all around and high country lakes. Lake Emma and Roundabout are first of the lakes. There is a sign directing as they are off the road a bit. As you drive on, Lake Camp comes into view on the left, Lake Clearwater on the right. Both are a great place to stop for lunch or take your boat along for a ride on the lake. Lake Camp is the only one allowing motorized boats. Continue on that road which becomes Hakatere Potts Road and the parking lot will be on your left.

The hill has become famous from Peter Jackson film trilogy, The Lord of the Rings. The sheer cliff sides are rugged and dramatic making it the perfect spot for Peter to create Edoras, a village which was the capital of Rohan in the film. The set was built for both the second and third movies taking nine months to make. Of course the set is taken down but well worth the drive to see it for yourself. The views are expansive and certainly take you to. The walk to Mt Sunday has a small swing bridge to cross where you can see the stream flow beneath. The walk up is steep but short and suitable for families.There are tours that operate from Christchurch and Methven.

What to do in Methven- Water fun!

Posted on February 13, 2019 at 1:15 PM

Methven is situated in the perfect area for the watersport enthusiasts out there! Less than an hour each way out of town there are 4 lakes to get you out on the water under the sun enjoying a beautiful day.

A favourite lake among the locals is Lake Camp situated up the Ashburton Gorge above Mt Sommers. This area is also known as the Ashburton Lakes district as there are many small and large lakes in the area. Because of wildlife reserves and restrictions, Lake Camp is the only lake to allow motorized boats. The area is lovely with tall rugged mountains dusted with snow in the far distance. The tussocks glow in an evening light in the summertime and magic sparks as the sun goes down turning the sky different shades of pink. Camping is permitted around the edge of the lake and new toliets had been put up. Something to note though is that dogs are strictly not allowed in the area. To get to Lake Camp from Methven, head south on highway 72, turn right at Mt Sommers onto Ashuburton Gorge Road. Follow that road for about half and hour and Lake Camp will come into view on the left. The boat launch is at the end of the lake. Lake Coleridge is another popular lake 45 minutes from Methven, heading North on Highway 72. Formed from a glacier 20,000 years ago, Lake Coleridge is the largest lake in North Canterbury sitting between the Torlesse and Mt Hutt ranges. The lake is huge so lots of room for water fun. Summer is filled with blue skies stretched over the lake and crisp clean air fills your lungs. Be sure to check the weather forecast. Nor westerly winds can rip down the lake making it quite rough. Lake Coleridge is off of Coleridge road. If you’re looking to launch a boat, you can do so at Ryton Bay. To get there follow Coleridge road to Homestead then Harper Road. Follow Harper Road to just before the Ryton River and you can turn off there down to the waters edge. For a more off the beaten track adventure head over to Lake Lyndon. Nestled in the mountains and glistening with it’s deep blues, Lake Lyndon is another great family spot. Park a few chairs along the edge of the lake and spend an afternoon in the water or on a boat with kids in tow! You can get to Lake Lyndon through Lake Coleridge. Instead of turning on Harper road you can turn on Lyndon Road which takes you right to the lake. This road can become unsuitable for small cars so caution should be taken. An alternative route is heading north on Highway 77 and following the turnoff to go to Springfield. Lake Lyndon is on the left as you drive 20 minutes from Springfield. Last but not least is Lake Hood. A man made lake beside Tinwald, Ashburton on the south side of the river. This is a great spot to get out on the skies or wakeboard and especially close to Methven. Enjoy a bite to eat at the beautiful lakefront restaurant, The Lake House and a picturesque neighbourhood view from all around. This lake has a boat launch.If you're thinking about heading to Methven don't forget its beautiful and easy accessible lakes nearby. Bring your skies and get your life jacket on! There is a lot of fun to be had on a lovely summer day!

The Methven Walkway

Posted on February 4, 2019 at 2:55 AM
There is lots to do in Methven during the summer or winter months and one of our favourites is right in town, the Methven Walkway. The walkway was first opened years ago in 1979 and takes you on well-formed tracks through dense evergreens, past private farmland and along the Rangitata Diversion Canal. This is an easy 12.4 km track that starts and ends at the Methven I-site visitor center. Although the entire track is about 3.5 hours to walk it can easily be split into sections if you’re looking for a shorter walk.

The Methven walkway takes you through a world of beautiful Canterbury plains landscape. The town is rich in history and holds a certain grandiose with its stunning mountain backdrop of the Southern Alps.

To do the full circuit, starting from the Methven i-SITE visitor center, you would follow Chertsey Road to the iron gates of the Methven Cemetery. The area is shaded by tall evergreens and although some may find it a tad uncomfortable walking through a cemetery, studies have shown that a simple walk through can actually improve your mood and prompt positive thoughts. An interesting tid bit about Methven Cemetery is that it contains the war grave of Private Stewart Callaghan who served in the New Zealand forces during World War I.

It won’t take very long before you’ll find yourself entering the A & P show grounds and heading across the paddock to Barker’s Road. From there follow on to Holmes Road, across the highway and into the drain reserve which is situated right by the Methven Racecourse. The drain reserve is lined with trees call Wellingtonias which are part of the Sequoia species. They stand tall and provide a great home for nesting birds. The path crosses over a few footbridges before reaching the Rangitata Diversion Canal, which most locals call the RDR (Rangitata Diversion Race).The Rangitata Diversion Canal is an important part of the area’s water system. It was completed after World War II in 1945 taking almost 20 years to reach its full capacity. It was originally built to provide irrigation to the Ashburton county to increase production and diversify farms.

The canal is 66 km long carrying water from the Rangitata River to the Rakaia and provides water for irrigation in the summer and power in the winter. The idea to irrigate 66,000 acres was big at the time and became New Zealand’s largest major river diversion and irrigation scheme.

The track then follows the canal giving beautiful uninterrupted views of the Mt Hutt Range, Pudding Hill Range and Mt Taylor Range. The track is open and shared with bikers and sometimes sheep. Ducks like to float in the canal beside the track and birds singing above.If you’re feeling full of energy, once you’ve reached the Pudding Hill Road Bridge, you can keep going to the Ashburton River. The other option is to head back into town down Pudding Hill Road, follow the road around the golf course (Hobbs Road) which will lead to Main Street and back to the Methven i-SITE visitor center.

The walk is scenic giving lovely views of the landscape around and a tour through the town of Methven. Maps can be found at the Snow Denn Lodge to take you around this beautiful area!

Walking tracks near Methven!

Posted on December 18, 2018 at 3:05 AM

At the end of McLennans Bush Road is the Awa Awa Rata Reserve. Only 12 km from Methven it is popular for its walking tracks taking you through Mt Hutt forest. There are a variety of tracks and signs and are very clearly posted in the picnic area and at the start of the tracks. In behind the walking tracks is the Pudding Hill Reserve surrounded by the Hakatere Conservation Park.

During the spring months, September to November and into December the picnic area of the Awa Awa Rata Reserve is full of beautiful vibrant Rhodedandrons. There is a 10 minute walk that takes you through these bushes and follows a stream. Another gentle walk is also in the area called the Te Awa Awa Walk and takes about 15 minutes For those wanting an extra challenge, there are several other tracks to choose from. You can walk them individually or combine tracks for a longer walk.


As you drive into the reserve, this track starts on the left in behind the toilets. The track gently climbs through Alder trees and reaches a forest of larches just before it meets the junction on the ridge. From there you can follow and un marked track taking you down to Pudding Hill stream or you can carry on the ridge which later joins up with the Opuke track or the Scotts saddle track, both taking you back to the picnic area. You can also keep on going which will lead you to Scotts Saddle. One way this track is 30 minutes.


To get to the Opuke track follow the road up from the picnic area. There is a sign clearly posted which track to take. It climbs quickly for 30 minutes one way.


You can climb the beginning of the Scotts Saddle track which takes you to the ridge junction where you can then turn off to take the Alder or Opuke track back down. You could also go back down the same way you came or continue on to Scotts Saddle which is a good 2.5 hour climb to the top. This track climbs steepily and rooted most of the way. Big steps from natural depressions take about 25 minutes to get to the ridge junction. This track quite often is wet and muddy.


You can always go down the same way you came but to build on to your walk and make it a loop there are a few circuits you could do:

Alder Track-Opuke Track- 1 hour, 15 minutes

Alder- Scotts saddle- 1 hour, 15 minutes

Opuke-Scotts saddle- 1 hour, 30 minutes

Methven is the perfect place to visit to get out in nature and go for a walk! The area in the Awa Awa Rata Reserve is full of beech forest and native plants giving a jungle like feel. Pack a lunch for after you walk or move into town to one of the many cafes and restaurants. It’s a great place to bring the kids but be sure to bring some bug spray!


Come explore Methven!

Posted on November 29, 2018 at 11:55 PM

Methven is just off highway 72 and is the perfect place to visit for a weekend getaway out of the city or a stop on an iconic NZ road trip. Known for its winter fun on the ski hills, Methven has just as much to offer all year round.

The town has a friendly and relaxed vibe without a shortage of adventure. From jet boating, to tramping, horse trekking, scenic flights, mountain biking and hot air ballooning, Methven and the surrounding areas really do have it all. The town isn’t huge but it is filled with lots of cafes to choose from and restaurants with all sorts of menus.

Methven is surrounded by a beautiful patchwork of farmer’s fields, braided rivers and rugged mountain tops. The area is nothing but inspiring to make you want to get outside and experience New Zealand’s raw beauty. A cluster of high country lakes can be found only about 45 minutes away. A 25 minute drive takes you to waterfall. 50 minutes and you’re on a set from Lord of the Rings. You can see Mt Hutt from the town square. What could be better?

For those travelling, choose the scenic highway 72 for your adventures. Stop in Methven for a night or two! Have a meal at one of the pubs and immerse yourself in Kiwi life right away. The locals are friendly and can point you in the right direction no problem. It is the best way to see the heart of Canterbury and have a good local experience.

There is something for everyone in Methven. It is unlike any other part of the country.

Come to Methven to explore, to relax and get outdoors!