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Most of our rural townships in our district have green areas set aside for the enjoyment of residents and visitors.
These green areas tend to be looked after by local community groups as well as individual domain boards. Methven and Rakaia are the largest of these.
Rakaia is at the northern end of the district and is the gateway to the Ashburton District. Many of Rakaia's plants and trees have been planted to compliment Rakaia's braided river. The Rakaia Township is famous for its larger than life salmon on the playground reserve on state highway 1. The Rakaia River is famed for its salmon and each year a fishing competition is held in the town, which attracts fishermen from all over the country.
Methven is a small town at the edge of the Canterbury plains. It was originally the railhead for a short branch railway off the Main South Line, branching off from Rakaia and was operating until 1976. Methven is a rural service town, however in winter transforms itself to a ski town for the Mt Hutt ski field. The town has an alpine feel to it with dawn redwoods planted around the town.
All other small townships around the district are cared for by Council's Open Spaces team.