Terrace Downs Resort Golf Course

This resort mountain course has a nice mix of shot-making holes against a backdrop of the Southern Alps

Terrace Downs Resort GC

Just an hour's drive from Christchurch, Terrace Downs is a resort built along the banks of the Rakaia gorge. This resort offers great views of the surrounding Mt. Hutt range and offers not only golf but family activities as well. Fairways are generously wide but the secondary rough can be very penal and the greens are neither too large nor too undulating.

Terrace Downs' high-country course is split between a parkland-styled front 9, which is sheltered and has a ‘woodland’ feel, and a back 9 which has more of a links-style. 60 bunkers, 10 lakes, a river tumbling through a gorge, and the Southern Alps as a backdrop all help provide a dramatic setting for a game of golf.

Golfers can choose from four different tees on each hole, as this intense landscape requires players to carry over ravines, thick bush and river.

Tip: Check the wind conditions prior to making the trip to this course, as sometimes in the Spring it can be very breezy.

Play Info and Signature Holes

16th: One of the most exciting shots is from this par-3, which overlooks the Raikaia River and is separated from the green by ravines. Attention should also be paid to a bunker protecting the green on the front side.


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Customer reviews

We could not have been happier with this trip! The Best of New Zealand, you and Frank, did an outstanding job planning our itinerary, and making this the trip of our dreams! All of the accommodations were superb, and the time coordination of flights, driving, etc. was great! It really allowed for a stress-free and fun vacation. We really felt like we experienced New Zealand at it’s very best, and would highly recommend you to all of our friends! We hope to return someday!

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—B St Hillaire, Florida

Highlights Of The Trip: Getting off the plane in Queenstown – overwhelmed with the beauty. The boat ride in Queenstown to experience the expansiveness.

The drive from Queenstown to Franz Joseph - the mountains and glacier lakes that went on forever. Our lunch spot that day at a campsite on a lake. Abel Tasman: this is where I want to return and spend a week to hike the entire trail. Spent the day biking in Napier to wineries.

—Mary Jean S., Chapel Hill, NC