Enjoy your rural stay with outdoor adventure activities
Ida Downs is a luxury rural bed and breakfast set in the rolling Canterbury foothills just 45 minutes inland from Christchurch airport.
Your hosts, Mike and Karen Meares, welcome you into their lovely new home on 40 acres with spectacular 360 degree rural views. With a multitude of activities, just minutes from Ida Downs, guests are spoilt for choice; including heritage trails, walks, garden tours, golf, skiing, farm tours, jet boating or 4WDing.
After a day full of adventure guests can relax in the conservatory before retiring to a modern ensuite room with a country charm.
Your hosts, Mike and Karen Meares draw on their past as high country sheep station run holders to provide guests with the opportunity to access the most amazing back country environment.
An easy accessible one hour drive from Ida Downs and you are surrounded by mountains, rivers & lakes, all with amazing scenery. Look for high country bird life, native plants and great photographic opportunities.
Based from Ida Downs, Mike and Karen can offer self-drive or guide 4WD tours through the mountains and river valleys surrounding Lake Coleridge and Rakaia River.
Mike and Karen have hosted the well-known Station to Station and High Country Journeys self drive four wheel drive trips for over 20 years.
Situated just off the inland scenic route highway 73 on Downs Road Glenroy; Ida Downs is perfect for a weekend retreat, a taste of rural New Zealand or a luxury stop over on return to Christchurch.
Lake Coleridge ‘So Close but a World Away’
"Karen and Mike, our sincere thanks for a wonderful 9 days holiday with you at Ida Downs in Hororata. We came with some broad ideas on potential activities but with no expectations of the quality of our experiences. We trusted in your joint experience, judgement, knowledge and skills in hospitality and the great outdoors and we were so richly rewarded. Thank you for your guidance, understanding and outstanding commitment to making our experience truly memorable and enjoyable in such a beautiful part of NZ."
Graham and Denise Baker, Karl and Sherryn Van Gisbergen, March 2023
"Delicious food, welcoming hosts, slept very well, thankyou"
Megan, Fiona and Mary, April 2023
"Mike and Karen, you both added so much value to our trip to the district. Your experience in outdoor activities and hospitality is second to none."
Graham and Denise, April 2023
"What a stunning place to stay."
Bev and Paul, March 2023
"Great stay, great place, great food, just great."
Breen Porter, Auckland, NZ
"Outstanding hosts and beautiful comfortable room."
Graham Waugh, Tauranga, NZ
"Thank you for your welcoming, we will not forget it! Keep your energy and your smile, make you so nice :)."
Two French Travellers Laura & JB, France
"We have been overwhelmed by your generosity and your welcome, thank you so much for opening you house to us."
Cursons Family, Wellington
"Perfect hosts, perfect stay, thank you."
Koen and Lies, Belgium
"Thanks for the warmth and hospitality."
John and Sevene - Singapore
"Beautiful property and views, awesome hospitality, Thanks"
Noel & Karin, Whangarei
"We appreciated our welcome, Karen’s attention to detail, and the comfort, peace and homely atmosphere she and her husband Mike have created. The house was warm although we woke on our first morning to a spectacular blanket of fresh snow. Delicious home cooking!"
Astrid and John Baxendale
"A warmly welcoming accommodation that put us close to Lake Coleridge and the lovely Catherine walk."
Sue Galvin and Tony Kiesanowski - Christchurch
"Thank you for hosting us all last weekend. It was great to get away and experience some of the local activities in the Christchurch/Canterbury area. IdaDowns was a perfect location for this, it is certainly in the heart of the many things to do. With IdaDowns location it gave us easy access to the mountains, Washpen walk, Methven and Clay bird shooting, it is fantastic and the hospitality Mike and yourself shared with us was superb. I will certainly be recommending your B&B to others."