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Ōpuke discovery pools Methven

Ōpuke Hot Pools is within 15 minutes from the luxury of Red Cottages in Staveley.

opuke tranquility spa swim-up bar

Ōpuke Thermal Pools & Spa complex in Methven. An amazing place to relax and enjoy.

opuke methven lake hot pools Mt Hutt

Ōpuke Thermal Pools & Spa is well worth a visit.

mt hutt pinnacles. New Zealand cottage accommodation. Luxury and Boutique Red Cottages Staveley for

Mt Hutt has been voted New Zealand’s best ski resort seven years running at the World Ski Awards.

Canterbury Rakaia River. Mt Hutt accommodation -Romantic Accommodation for a  Romantic Weekend or ro

The Rakaia Gorge has such stunning scenery. Just 15 minutes away.

Star Gazing New Zealand. Accommodation near Mt Hutt & Ōpuke Methven. Red Cottage Staveley is famous

Star Gazing is so popular from the double outdoor baths that each cottage has available.

Flow Pool Methven

Flow Pool and Studio is a holistic wellness hub has been designed and created to promote wellbeing and balanced living.

Flow Wellness classes Methven

Flow Pool and Studio is a holistic wellness hub has been designed and created to promote wellbeing and balanced living.

Outdoor Baths Romantic Hotel

Each cottage has double outdoor baths. These private space provide solitude and allow you to reconnect as a couple.

Mount Hutt accommodation Methven

Each cottage has double outdoor baths. These private space provide solitude and allow you to reconnect as a couple.


AWA AWA RATA Reserve is widely known for its spring display of rhododendrons and walks.

Mt Hutt Ski Area Accommodation

Mt Hutt has great winter dining options.

Mt Hutt Ski Area. Accommodation near Mt Hutt Methven. Red Cottage Staveley is famous for its romanti

A true alpine experience, with wide-open terrain, leg-burning runs, monster snowfalls, and spectacular views.

Rakaia Gorge Jet Boat Discovery Jet_edited

This jet boat is one of the epic activities on the Rakaia River. We recommend to be dropped off along the Rakaia Gorge Track so we can experience the boat trip and a walk.


The Rakaia Gorge has such stunning scenery. Amazing blue green water offset against green bush, sitting boldly underneath an often snowy Mt Hutt.

The Salt House Methven

Salt House is a therapies clinic located in the alpine village of Methven.


Unwind and enjoy your uniquely tailored spa treatments at Ōpuke.


Mt. Hutt Bike Park boasts a 40km+ trail network, from a family friendly XC loop to epic single track.

Stronechrubie Restaurant

Madeline and Sean Brown welcome you to Stronechrubie Restaurant just 7 minutes away.

Stronechrubie Restaurant

You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining out or ordering takeaways in Mid Canterbury.

Staveley Store Cafe Red Cottage

Established in 1876, the Staveley Store & Cafe is is only a short 10 minute walk away from the Red Cottages.

Sharplin falls Staveley & Mt Somers

Highlight is the Mt Somers Track that links the popular picnic spots of Woolshed Creek and Sharplin Falls.

woolshed movie theater. Luxury Red Cottages Staveley. Red Cottages Staveley provide boutique and lux

The Woolshed Movie theater is available for use during your stay at the Red Cottages Staveley.

Ice Skating Staveley

Ice-skate in the wild! Staveley offers its very own natural ice rink

An Experience So Much More Than The Amazingly Relaxing Accommodations


Red Cottage is well situated for those wishing to explore Mid Canterbury. The area is the gateway to one of the top ecotourism locations in Canterbury. Mountains, lakes, rare and endangered birds, vast landscapes, rainforest, waterfall, mountain streams and braided rivers. The outdoor activities are just as diverse - tramping & hiking, bush walking, high country garden tours, mountain biking, fishing, windsurfing, historic sites, bird watching, ice skating & curling. Not to mention the fantastic ski slopes of Mt Hutt, Olympus and a number of Heli-skiing operators.

Within a short drive from Mt Somers & Staveley you will find yourself surrounded by a series of delightful lakes famous for their fishing, unique wildlife, picnic spots and water activities. Lake Emma and Roundabout, which can only be reached by four-wheel drive, are popular fishing locations, while Lake Camp is popular with boaties, water skiers and fisherman alike. The biggest of the lakes is Lake Clearwater. Characterised by a small village of holiday homes, the lake is popular for windsurfing, sailing, rowing and fishing. It is also an important wildlife refuge for the rare and endangered Great Crested Grebe. The Maori Lakes and Lake Heron are also important wildlife refuges and provide good fishing.

Mt Potts Station, past the above mentioned high country lakes, is the location for Edoras, the fortress city of the Rohan people in the The Lord of The Rings. Several operators provide guided 4WD tours to this spectacular area.

Popular, more physically demanding activities occur in the Mt Somers Conservation Area. These range from short bush walks to the popular two-days tramps - The Mt Somers Subalpine Walkway and the more demanding round-the-mountain Mt Somers Track.

  • Woolshed Theatre - onsite, exclusive & complementary with Red Cottage .

  • Twin outdoor baths

  • Cafe & stores

  • Second hand shop

  • Historical trails, Old Lime Kilns & Staveley Muesum

  • Nature Farm & Garden Tours 

  • Lord of the Rings Locations

  • Mountain biking & downhill trails at Mt Hutt Bike Park & Hakatere Conservation Park

  • Fly FIshing & Hunting

  • Helicopter & Fixed wing scenic flights

  • ​Hiking, short walks & rock climbing

  • Water-skiing, windsurfing & swimming

  • 4 wheel driving

  • ​Fly Fishing

  • Big Game and waterfowl hunting

  • Skiing & snowboarding

  • Eco tours

  • Hiking

  • Skiing

  • Snowboarding

  • Heli Skiing

  • Ice Skating

  • Curling


Visit to start planning your New Zealand experience.

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