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Hotel Description

A luxury stay in Windwhistle awaits you at Terrace Downs Resort. You'll be steps from Rakaia Gorge. Highlights at this ski resort include 2 restaurants, a full-service spa and a golf course.

Washers/dryers, free WiFi and fireplaces are featured in all 17 individually furnished rooms. Kitchens come equipped with fridges, microwaves and hobs, and minibars provide refreshments. Premium linens welcome you to a good night's rest, and other nice touches include jetted tubs and free toiletries. Additionally, patios, dining areas and sitting areas are available.

A day of pampering can include deep-tissue massages and aromatherapy along with access to the spa tub. The restaurant, Hunter's Restaurant, is open for dinner. For a drink, you can stop by the resort's own bar/lounge. Enjoy the fitness centre and outdoor tennis court as well as access to golf lessons and a driving range. Additionally, you'll find free WiFi in public areas, a coffee shop/café and laundry facilities. Each morning breakfast is available between 8 AM and 10 AM. There's also the convenience of free self parking.

Places within a 30-minute drive of this 5-star Windwhistle resort include Hororata Golf Club and Washpen Falls.

Villa, 1 Bedroom, Terrace

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
AU$255* Per night/room 14 Oct. - 15 Oct.

Chalet, 4 Bedrooms

Bed Count 3 King Beds Maximum Occupancy 8 Max

Villa, 2 Bedrooms, Terrace

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Villa, 3 Bedrooms, Terrace

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 6 Max

Terrace Downs Resort ratings based on 22 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.7 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 5.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Terrace Downs Resort

Everyone (7) Couples (13) Family (2)
4 out of 5
Beautiful spot Friendly service Rooms have plenty of space, the decor is just getting a touch tired, but clean and tidy

Posted by , from Christchurch on 15 Sep. 2019

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5 out of 5

Excellent place to relax and chill out.

Pros: Spacious and clean and everything is all there.
Cons: Nothing really of any note.
Location: Golf is the main activity . Waking is great too and generally enjoying the marvellous views of the surrounding countryside.
Thoroughly enjoyed our short stay which should have been longer.

Posted by , from Christchurch on 22 May 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

27 May 2017 by Tamara

Dear Lawrence Thank you for taking the time to write this feedback. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your stay and look forward to seeing you again soon in the future. Kind Regards, Terrace Downs Team

5 out of 5
Lovely spot pity the weather wasn't great but we will be back.

Posted by on 13 Mar. 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

15 Mar. 2017 by Reception

Dear Guest Thank you for your feedback. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the location of the resort. We hope to see you back sometime soon when the weather is better. Kind regards, The team at Terrace Downs

4 out of 5

Spectacular views and great amenities in the villa

Pros: Location and amenities are all great.
Cons: The food and beverage options are pretty limited and with little choice avaiable
Location: There is plenty to do and choices for different tastes and interests
Terrace Downs is on the pricey end of the spectrum but the views and tranquility make it worthwhile. I would say that the restaurant and cafe areas need to be rethought as the food was not up to the standard set by the rest of the experience and the change made to make breakfast a buffet style without any notification meant we checked out early and went elsewhere.

Posted by , from Auckland on 20 Nov. 2016

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5 out of 5

Stunning winter resort

Loved it. Beautiful Rustic lodge with incredible dining. Staff were friendly we stayed in villa 202 which had a gorgeous bath we could watch the mountains from.

Posted by , from S on 21 Jul. 2016

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5 out of 5

Beautiful getaway

Cons: Very windy & quite cool, so pack a jacket etc.
Gorgeous fully self contained, lovely large 1 bedroom unit with spa bath, modern, comfortable furnishings, a gas log fireplace was lovely, 2 wing backed chairs - nice to sit by the fire. The views were amazing. Large windows overlooking the huge mountains & lake, golf course & countryside. everything is green - looks like a postcard - just beautiful! Can imagine how it would look with snow everywhere, would love to come back in the winter. The restaurant was very good - really enjoyed our stay. A golfers dream! Loved it!!

Posted by on 23 Apr. 2016

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5 out of 5

Amazing so beautiful

Beyond the luxurious chalets, the breathtaking views and the total peace and quiet are the excellent staff, first rate service and desire to stay much longer .

Posted by , from R on 21 Jul. 2015

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5 out of 5

Fantastic views, large spacious rooms

Pros: View of the snow capped mountains, large villa, warm beds
Cons: Dinner at the restaurant was nice but expensive so potato croquettes with the steak was a disappointment.
We used the Hotel for a stopover between Queenstown and Christchurch and wished we had stayed a little longer-maybe next time!

Posted by , from Brisbane, Australia on 12 Jul. 2015

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5 out of 5
Location: Away from it all
Facilities: Outstanding; Value: Reasonable; Service: Go the extra mile; Cleanliness: Beautiful;

Posted by , from New Zealand - Christchurch on 27 Oct. 2014

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5 out of 5
Pros: View
Cons: Footpaths under repair
Location: Outstanding
Facilities: Top of the line; Service: Outstanding; Cleanliness: Immaculate;

Posted by , from New Zealand - Canterbury on 20 May 2014

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Property Features

During the winter, visit for the area's skiing and snow, and then return in warmer months to enjoy a round of golf at the on-site golf course. After a day on the slopes, indulge in a treatment at the full-service spa or enjoy the use of a fitness centre. At the end of the day, order après-ski drinks at the resort's bar. There are 2 restaurants on site, along with a coffee shop/cafΘ. WiFi is free in public spaces. Self parking is free. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this 5-star Windwhistle resort.

  • 17 guestrooms or units
  • 2 dining venues
  • Bar or lounge
  • Coffee shop
  • Conference space
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front desk safe
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Wedding services available
  • Terrace
  • Outdoor picnic space
  • Gift shop
  • Newspapers for purchase
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • On-site shopping
  • Smoking in designated areas

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • Free WiFi
  • Outdoor tennis court
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry facilities
  • In-room childcare (surcharge)
  • Separate dining area
  • Washer/dryer
  • Full-sized refrigerator/freezer
  • Microwave
  • DVD player


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking


  • Airport: Christchurch (CHC-Christchurch Intl.) (79.9 km / 49.7 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Terrace Downs Resort offers 17 forms of air-conditioned accommodation with fireplaces and washers/dryers. Rooms open to patios. This individually furnished accommodation has separate sitting areas. Beds feature premium bedding. Accommodation at this 5-star resort has kitchens with full-sized fridge/freezers, hobs, microwaves and separate dining areas. Bathrooms include a separate bath and shower with a jetted bath, complimentary toiletries and a hairdryer. This Windwhistle resort provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Televisions come with premium cable channels and DVD players. Additionally, rooms include minibars and coffee/tea makers. Housekeeping is offered on a daily basis and hypo-allergenic bedding can be requested.

  • In-room kitchen
  • Fireplace
  • Washer and dryer
  • Private patio
  • Dining room
  • Sitting area
  • Jetted tub
  • Minibar
  • In-room dining
  • Private outdoor space
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels
  • DVD player
  • Fridge (full size)
  • Microwave
  • Hob
  • Dishwasher
  • Coffee maker
  • Kitchenware
  • Luxury bedding
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Separate shower and tub
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Childcare in room (surcharge)
  • Hairdryer
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Air conditioning
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Unique furnishings

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy breakfast daily from 8 AM to 10 AM.

Hunter's Restaurant – This restaurant only serves dinner.

The Café – This café serves breakfast, lunch and light fare.

Room service is available.

Spa Services

  • Deep tissue massage
  • Spa tub in spa
  • Body treatments
  • Facial treatments
  • Aromatherapy treatments
  • Massages

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Special check-in instructions:

The front desk is open during the following times:

  • Sunday-Thursday: 8 AM-5 PM
  • Friday-Saturday: 8 AM-8 PM
If you are planning to arrive after 5 PM, please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation.

This property's front desk is open during the following times:

  • Sunday - Thursday: 8 AM - 5 PM
  • Friday - Saturday: 8 AM - 8 PM
Guests arriving after 5 PM must make advance arrangements by contacting the property using the information on the booking confirmation.


  • Check-out by 11 AM

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.


  • No pets allowed


Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges. The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guest room reservation.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: NZD 18.0 for adults and NZD 10.0 for children (approximately)
  • Late check-out fee: NZD 30.0 (subject to availability)
  • Credit card charges are subject to a surcharge

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Terrace Downs Darfield
  • Terrace Downs Resort Darfield
  • Terrace Downs Resort Windwhistle
  • Terrace Downs Resort
  • Terrace Downs Windwhistle
  • Terrace Downs
  • Terrace Downs Hotel Terrace Downs
  • Terrace Downs Resort Resort
  • Terrace Downs Resort Windwhistle
  • Terrace Downs Resort Resort Windwhistle

National Rating

This property does not have a Qualmark® rating. For the benefit of our customers, we have provided a rating based on our ratings system.

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*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.