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Terrace Downs Resort

5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Coleridge Rd, Windwhistle 7572, New Zealand
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Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Windwhistle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014
Ed T Wellington, New Zealand
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Wellington, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Having just recently stayed at this top of the line resort, whilst skiing at Mt Hutt, only a stones throw drive south (45 mins) you are captivated by awe inspiring mountainous views and extreme comfort villas. Welcome to Terrace Downs, more than a great golf resort, an oasis in such scenic surroundings that captures your attention constantly. My sons and... More

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Inchbonnie, null, New Zealand
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Stayed one night with friends in a two bedroom apartment. Amazing views!!! Comfy beds. Unit could of been a little cleaner. Gas fire not working properly, maintenance came to fix but unfortunately didn't remedy particularly well (through no fault of his own). Reservations staff not overly obliging (unfortunately we had to change our booking and this wasn't met with a... More

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Rangiora, Canterbury, New Zealand
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

We stopped at Terrace Downs Resort hoping for a quiet drink with amazing views. We got the quiet drink and the amazing views...quiet surprised us because it was Saturday afternoon and the weather had been fantastic so we would have thought the golf course would have been full. Unfortunately the price of the drinks left a wee bit of a... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Was looking forward to the trip to Terrace Downs Resort, as we had heard so much about it! So disappointed it did not meet any of our expectations. The rooms were NOT clean - the carpets desperately needed a good vacuum, the bathroom a good dust and the spider webs removed from the walls/ceilings. The bed had a big depression... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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73 reviews 73 reviews
48 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

After riding our Harkey-Davidson for a good part of the day we decided with the guidance of our friends that we should do a total random stop and this is were we came. Just the ride off the main road then up the long drive drive was the start of an awesome night. The main lodge was fabulous, the views... More

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Perth, Australia
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

This was a business trip and I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to stay at this awesome location. The villas are contemporary with everything you need, stunning views and great facilities. The restaurant was excellent with some fantastic meals on the menu. Unfortunately didn't get to play a round but I think I might just be back... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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37 hotel reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

We stayed here for only one night in January. The resort is superbly maintained and has a real air of class about it. This stems from the fantastic mountain backdrop and the top quality golf course. The villas are some of the best that we've seen. They had huge rooms, a great kitchen, fantastic views and spa baths. We got... More

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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

Superb, great spot to relax and chill out. It's on the foot of Mt. Hatt and built on edge of Rakaia Valley. Unfortunatelly we could not enjoy the view of whole mountains because of the wether,but our chalet was facing beautiful golf course and it was fun to see peopel's playing golf, with a glass of wine! Our chalet is... More

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Chertsey, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

We came to Terrace Downs on Tuesday 17th for Lunch and was served by a lovely young lady from the UK. We had the Salmon Salad, 2 burger specials and the Steak, it was terrific.Over the weekend we came back to have lunch with some friends and it was a total let down. There was far to many people for... More

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Debbie A, Manager at Terrace Downs Resort, responded to this review

Hi Sadie. We regret that you did not enjoy your lunch with your friends at TerraceDowns. We have had a change of ownership and staff. We will investigate the matter to ensure that this is unfortunate incident do not happen again. Kindest Regards Debbie More

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013 via mobile

I bought a scoopon as part of our family holiday. A 5 star location to show off the region. We skied at mnt Hutt which was a short drive every day. We didn't make use of the activities due to focussing on skiing. For a family holiday or a romantic get away, highly recommendable.

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Debbie A, Manager at Terrace Downs Resort, responded to this review

Hi Neltjie. I'm glad you had a great stay with us. We look forward to having you stay with us again. Kind regards Debbie More

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Address: Coleridge Rd, Windwhistle 7572, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Windwhistle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Terrace Downs Resort 5*
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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, which include the Patiti Suite the new family villa with children's play room. 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. 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. 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 Cafe at Terrace Downs - For a delightful taste of the High Country, it's hard to pass The Cafe 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 Cafe decor 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. ... more   less 
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