NZ Alpine & Agriculture Encounter

The New Zealand Alpine & Agriculture Encounter is an experiential visitor attraction located in the centre of Methven, Mid Canterbury.

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About NZ Alpine & Agriculture Encounter

This multi-faceted interactive encounter uses audio/visual displays as well as large exhibits, showcasing Mid Canterbury's main industries - farming and snow sports. While adults will find the encounter super-informative, children of all ages will find a lot of fun things to do and try, with a digger driver, a combine harvester, an igloo and our popular cow, Thelma.

The Encounter has been created to give visitors a real understanding of the way of life in rural Canterbury and the way our two key industries, farming and snow sports, are linked together through trade, tourism and shared reliance on our unique geology and climate.

Kids4Free deal


Visit the NZ Alpine & Agriculture Encounter and one full paying adult entitles one child (10 yrs and under) to free entry. 

* Please see the terms & conditions detailed on the kids4free page


Adult: $12.50
Senior Citizen: $10.00
University Student: $10.00
Child (5-18): $7.50
Preschooler: Free
Group (10 or more adults): $7.50 each
School Group (preorganised): $5.00 each (no charge for teachers & parents)

Annual Passes

Annual passes are valid for 12 months from date of purchase and provide unlimited access to the encounter.

2 Adults, up to 3 school age children $60.00
Adult $25.00
Child $15.00


Summer (October – May)

Weekdays: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Weekends: 10:00am – 3:00pm
Public Holidays: 10:00am – 3:00pm (closed Christmas Day)

Winter (June – September)

Weekdays: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Weekends: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Public Holidays: 9:00am – 5:00pm



The NZ Alpine & Agriculture Encounter is located within the Methven Heritage Centre in the heart of Methven village, right between the famous Blue and Brown Pubs.