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!!! 

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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 r...

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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 re...

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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 peop...

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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...

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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 livestoc...

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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 t...

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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... Read Full Post »

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 Reserv...

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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 ...

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