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

My wife and I, along with Sandy and George, arrived home about two weeks ago from a trip to New Zealand that you facilitated. The four of us have been traveling together for 47 years after meeting in a small Bed & Breakfast in London in 1971.  We have traveled extensively in Europe, Canada, United States, and South America.

New Zealand was a distant stretch for us, and then we asked Julie for help on the recommendation of friends and she took us to you.  And that was our lucky day!

The five weeks we spent in New Zealand were possibly the most seamless, best organized trip we have ever experienced.  The accommodations were outstanding, everyone of them. The accommodations fit very well with the itinerary that we gave to you. Each and everyone exceeded our expectations from Auckland to Invercargill.  The people we met in the B&Bs were very accommodating and attentive to all of our needs. We did not consider them as hosts but rather New Zealand friends.  The food was excellent.  Tour suggested excursions were always right on target.

I believe the only thing that would have made the trip better was to stay longer.  This was meant to be a onetime experience, but already there has been suggestions of a return.

Thank you for your part of this fantastic adventure!

—Carol and Bob P., PA, USA

It was a trip of a lifetime with truly unique beauty not found anywhere else. A New Zealand trip requires a specialist who knows the lay of the land the unique challenges of traveling and sight-seeing there.

The country looks a lot smaller than it really is, and travel times are longer than one can assume.

The route chosen by Cristina helped us maximize our time there. I’m usually a do it yourself traveler, but for this trip I’m sure glad I had Cristina at Best of New Zealand.

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