The Methven Walkway demonstrates man’s modification of the original Canterbury Plains landscape.
The Walkway’s basic feature is the man-made Rangitata Diversion Canal (RDR), a dual purpose irrigation and hydo-electric channel carrying water from the Rangitata River to the Highbank Power station on the south bank of the Rakaia River.
Although shelter belts, drains, roads and bridges impinge on the immediate surroundings, the walkway is given a certain grandeur by the natural panoramic backdrop of the Southern Alps.
The 11km long walkway is intersected by various country roads so that it is possible to arrange transport to avoid retracing one’s steps. The walk from the beginning to end takes 3 - 3 ½ hours. The beginning is at the Methven i-SITE Visitor Centre.
The Rangitata Diversion Canal (RDR) – is 66km's long and provides irrigation water in summer, power in winter.
Designed in conjunction with the Ashburton County Irrigation Scheme, the foundations of the 25,000kW Highbank Power Station were laid in 1939, but WWII delayed the completion of the station until 1945.
Please note: Because this walking track is adjacent to private farmland, dogs must be on a leash at all times. Horses are permitted along the canal section of the walkway only.