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The South Canterbury foothills

The South Canterbury foothills mark the transition from the flat Canterbury Plains to the rugged and spectacular Southern Alps. The area is primarily known for the winter resort town of Methven, which serves the ski slopes of Mount Hutt. In summer, an array of activities includes skydiving, jetboating and some wonderful walking around Mount Somers.

The main route through the area is SH72, dubbed the “Inland Scenic Route”.

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  • Mount Somers
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