Welcome to New Zealand’s high country resort
As the ‘Gateway to the South Island’, Terrace Downs Resort is perfectly located for the first and last nights of your South Island tour, or to rejuvenate with a week-long stay to really appreciate our wilderness backdrop. Just 50 minutes from Christchurch international airport, Terrace Downs offers luxury accommodation and family friendly villas with a variety of activities available at Terrace Downs and the local area. Boasting New Zealand’s only high country golf course and fine cuisine dining, Terrace Downs Resort offers an ideal ‘getting away from it all’ destination close to Mt Hutt Ski field and Methven.
Terrace Downs offers a choice of two deluxe accommodation options. Terrace Villa Suites are self-contained units with luxurious beds, a delightful raised spa bath and spacious open-plan living areas. These range from one to three bedroom villa suites.
Fairway Chalets are separate architecturally designed four to seven bedroom houses spread out amongst the resorts incredible surrounds. These beautiful chalets boast all modern conveniences and great indoor-outdoor living areas with stunning views.
Terrace Downs offers a par 72, 18-hole championship golf course, rated as one of the top courses and golfing destinations in New Zealand. Based at the foothills of the Southern Alps, there are very few scenic alpine courses like it. The course officially opened in December 2001. It offers a unique mixture of Parklands and Links style with the underlying philosophy of the course development assuring its integration into the natural environment and the respect and enjoyment of all who play on it. The views of the Rakaia Gorge and mountain vistas remain a constant challenge for players to keep their eye on the ball!
Terrace Downs Resort is the only high-end resort close to Mt Hutt ski field, barely 45 minute drive. An alternative, Porters Height ski field, is just an hour away, or stay with us on your journey south before skiing Queenstown or Wanaka. We offer long stay special rates every winter and have on-site activities for closed days including clay shooting, jet boat, spa and golf.
Things to Do
At Terrace Downs you can do as much or as little as you want – the choice is entirely yours! The ever-changing landscape acts as the perfect playground for visitors of all ages and fitness levels and makes Terrace Downs a captivating year-round holiday destination for thrill-seekers and those who enjoy more laidback pursuits.
- Shooting/Archery - Looking for the ultimate stress-release? Try your hand at clay shooting or archery.
- Jet Boating – Something to get the blood pumping, why not try jet boating on the Rakaia River.
- Health & Wellness - Relax and rejuvenate mind, body and soul at the Terrace Downs spa.
- Horse Trekking – Enjoy the scenic surrounds by horseback, what better way to take it in.
- Hunting & Fishing – Enjoy fishing or hunting in the high country, it will be something you will never forget.
- Scenic Flights – Leave from Terrace Downs in your private helicopter to see the sights from above.
- Complimentary Facilities – Terrace Downs offers all house guests complimentary hire of our tennis rackets, balls, mountain bikes and DVDs.
Dining Out at Terrace Downs
The Café at Terrace Downs – For a delightful taste of the High Country, it’s hard to pass The Café and Bar at Terrace Downs. The stunning surrounding mountain scenery is yours to enjoy in comfort, either from the fireside in winter or out on the deck in summer. Designed to complement its outdoor surroundings, the Café décor features warm timbers, river stones and schist while the menu offers a tasty variety of freshly prepared meals and snacks with great coffee and tea, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Open daily from 8am, until 6pm Thursday to Saturday and 7pm Sunday to Wednesday.
Hunter’s Restaurant – A relaxing dining oasis overlooking spectacular mountain scenery, Hunter’s presents a flavoursome menu that draws its inspiration from the surrounding environs, using only the freshest, best quality New Zealand produce and products. A large open fire, leather sofas and warm natural tones lend a welcoming and very comfortable atmosphere to this special ‘dining destination’ experience. Reservations essential. Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday for dinner only, 6pm till late.
Events and Functions
Functions, Groups and Conferences
Terrace Downs Resort caters for all types of functions;
- Corporate Meetings
- Fun and casual functions
Popular with the top 100 New Zealand companies, we have a dedicated Events Manager on site to deliver your occasion.
Terrace Downs Resort is Canterbury’s ultimate wedding venue. Our stunning high country scenery and on-site facilities present the total package.
We offer a range of indoor and outdoor spaces for your ceremony, reception and dance, as well as accommodation for the wedding party and guests. Privacy is assured by booking the whole resort or we can provide an area for your exclusive use.
Terrace Downs Resort, Windwhistle Enquiry Form
623 Coleridge Road
Phone: +64 3 318 6943
Web: Visit website
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