Are we allowed to bring our own food & beverages into the event? You are more than welcome to bring a picnic and non alcoholic drinks in plastic bottles. We do have a great range of food vendors and a licensed bar on site as well.
Are we allowed to leave our cars parked in the carpark overnight? No all cars have to be cleared from the carpark by 6pm after the Rodeo.
Can we bring our own alcohol into the Rodeo? Strictly no alcohol policy on entry, however we do have a fully licensed bar with some great deals, just be sure to bring your ID.
Can we camp onsite? The Methven CampGround is located right next to the carpark and offers tent space, parking for campervans, buses & caravans. Contact Methven Campground to book a site.
How long does it take to get to Methven from Christchurch? It will take you just over an hour to reach Methven/Mt Hutt Village from Christchurch International Airport.
How much is entry this year. Our prices for the 2017 are as follows: Family pass $ 50.00 (2 adults, 4 children) Adult $ 20.00 Child $10 (16 yrs and under) Under 5 - Free No pre sold tickets just gate sales
What constitutes a family pass? 2 Adults and 3 Children aged 16 years or under.
What entertainment will there be for children? There is a Rodeo clown in the arena throughout the day (and lolly scramble) & a selection of carnival rides and activities.
What is the difference between First Division, Second Division & a Slack? Second Division is where all cowboys and girls over the age of 15 start out (after being a Junior). They compete as in Second Division/ Rookie events until they have enough points (money) required to "break open". The amounts needed for each event are:
Bull Riding $2500
Saddle Bronc $1500
Barrell Racing $2000
Team Roping $1500
Steer Wrestling $1500
Rope & Tie $1500
First Division or Open are the cowboys and girls who have gained enough points in their Second Division event/s and have broken open.
Slacks are rodeos version of heats. Where a predetermined number of contestants compete in an event before the advertised start time. Used when there is a large number of entries in an event, common in timed events.
What is there to do in Methven after the Rodeo? Methven has a number of great bars & restaurants to have a meal at or if you are looking to kick up your heels the Blue Pub & Brown Pub always offer a great night out.
What's the best route to Methven? Driving south from Christchurch, take SH1 to Rakaia. Turn right at the big salmon, stay on the main road and you will drive straight into Methven.
Turn left when you reach the Main Street and Mt Hutt College is about 700 metres up on your left .
Alternatively, take the Inland Scenic Route on SH72 through Horarata and Rakaia Gorge and turn left at the first signpost you see (at Mt Hutt Station) to Methven via the alt route. If you are coming from the south, turn left at Ashburton at the Mega Mitre 10 and stay on Alford Forest Road which becomes Methven Highway (State Hwy 77). Approx 25 mins later you will enter Methven.