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Driving from Christchurch, there are 3 options to get to the racecourse.

Option 1. Head west along the main West Coast Road via Darfield and then through the Rakaia Gorge. This route is by far the most scenic way to get to Methven.

Options 2 &3 Drive South along State Highway 1 and turn right after the long Rakaia bridge. Then the options are to either stick to the river road which runs beside the Rakaia river or to veer slightly left at the first roundabout in Rakaia by the hotel and take Thompson's Track which is a straighter road. Both of these options south are well sign posted to Methven,once in Rakaia.