Methven is a small town in Canterbury region of the South Island. It is only 1.5 h drive at the west of Christchurch, the second largest city of New Zealand and is situated close to Mount Hutt, in the heart of Southern Alps.
Methven has hot and dry summers, with temperatures that can reach up to 30°C/86°F, and cold winters with frequent snowfalls in the surrounding mountains. Although during summer it remains a relaxed and uncrowded town, during winter it is converted to a tourist attraction due to the nearby ski fields.
Extreme sport lovers can enjoy skydiving here in Methven. Jump (either strapped to your instructor or on your own) with a parachute from a plane and make a free-fall at 200 km/124 mi per hour. You have two height/time options: 15,000 ft-4,572 m/60 sec and 12,000 ft-3,657 m/45 sec. When the parachute opens, you can relax and enjoy the breathtaking view of Mount Hutt and Canterbury Plains.
Note: Put on multiple layers of clothes.