NZ Alpine & Agriculture Encounter

The NZ Snowsports Collection is the only one of its kind in the country. The official repository for the NZSC, our Collection began in 2005 and has been building steadily ever since.
In February 2011 the Collection was moved from temporary premises into a purpose built temperature and humidity controlled archive located in the Methven Heritage Centre - the only one of its type in Mid-Canterbury.
In late August 2011, the NZ Alpine & Agriculture Encounter was opened to the public, and its unique perspective and interactive displays are already drawing accolades. While visitors to New Zealand who want to understand the Kiwi psyche will find much to fascinate them, the Encounter also appeals to family groups as children can play with a range of multi-media and real-life exhibits themed around agriculture and the alpine environment.

Contact Details

Methven Heritage Centre P.O. Box 43 Methven Mid-Canterbury

64 3 302 9666

The Heritage Centre Office is open during the working week for bookings. The Cafe and i-site are open every day.

Visitor Information

Methven District Heritage Project 160 Main Street Methven Mid Canterbury New Zealand

The Heritage Centre is open 9-5pm Weekdays and 10-4pm Weekends. The collection is on display in the 'New Zealand Alpine & Agriculture Encounter', a visitor attraction located within the building.

$17.50 per adult, $14.00 students & Senior Citizens, $10 per child. Family Pass $48.00. Children under 5 - Free. Note: Currently operating under Methven KIDS4FREE promotion. (Children 10 years and under for free if accompanied by an adult).


Wheelchair access




Function space

Public programmes

Membership club


Other Facilities

Methven i-site is located in the building and open seven days a week.
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