Information on our stunning Canterbury location

Terrace Downs Resort offers in-house and casual visitors a unique one-stop New Zealand getaway destination located just 50 minutes from Christchurch International Airport.

Perched on the edge of the spectacular Rakaia River, the resort boasts stunning views up to the towering Mt Hutt and is centrally located to several Canterbury ski fields.

Featuring deluxe one – four bedroom accommodation, on-site fine and casual dining options and a wide selection of resort operated leisure and adventure activities to choose from.

Terrace Downs Resort


Tranquil yet exhilarating, relaxing yet vibrant, Methven offers a perfect escape no matter what your taste or budget. Just one hour from Christchurch via Inland Scenic Route 72 this alpine-themed village buzzes in summer & winter.

With Mt Hutt Ski Area on its doorstep (snow shuttles operate daily from Christchurch and Methven), some of the world’s finest heliskiing country and six Canterbury ski fields all within close distance, Methven is a snow sports magnet during the winter months.

The Kids 4 Free Campaign (where all children aged 10 & under receive FREE Lift access at Mt Hutt Ski Area; and can Travel, Stay, Eat, Play & get their Ski/Board Rental for FREE in the Methven area) is back for 2014 and makes a family ski holiday a reality.

The town and surrounding district also caters for those seeking a country experience. Enjoy Methven’s hospitality while you refresh and relax in our amazing space. You will find the friendliness of our locals appealing especially when dining out at one of more than a dozen local eateries from country pubs to first class restaurants.

The region offers visitors an array of hiking & walking experiences; from a short walk suitable for the whole family, to challenging multi-day hikes for the serious tramper. Other popular outdoor activities range from mountain biking & cycling, fishing, hunting, golf and hot air ballooning to horse riding, jet boating, helicopter scenic flights and 4WD high country adventures.

No matter what time of the year you decide to visit Methven, a wide range of Methven Accommodation is on offer including camping grounds, backpackers, motels, resorts and luxury B&Bs.


The Rakaia River is one of the largest braided rivers in New Zealand, it rises in the Southern Alps, travelling 150 kilometres before entering the Pacific Ocean 50 kilometres south of Christchurch. For much of its journey, the river is a braided river, running through a wide shingle bed. However, it is briefly confined to a narrow canyon, known as the Rakaia Gorge.


Lake Coleridge is an area of outstanding natural beauty and plentiful recreation activities. The village is a picturesque settlement in the Canterbury High Country located on the banks of the Rakaia River alongside the historic Lake Coleridge Power Station. The area is a mecca for those who love the natural beauty of the High Country.

There are a variety of easy walks around the village and longer day and multi-day hikes on public tracks in the Lake Coleridge basin.

So close, but a world away.