Enjoy your rural stay with outdoor adventure activities
Ida Downs is a luxury rural bed and breakfast set in the rolling Malvern Hills 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 4WD adventures. Based from Ida Downs, Mike and Karen offer self-drive or guide 4WD tours through the mountains 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.
“Everything was just perfect. The people, the hospitality, our room and the food. Loved it. Thanks.”
Peter and Lynda Wilson 2015
“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 2015
“Great introduction to home stays. Lovely meals. Room was perfect.”
Lynne and Alister Candy 2015
“What sets this home apart is the welcoming friendliness of the hosts who offer their fine home to strangers, not for the dollars, but because they enjoy people. The hosting was exemplary, my waist line is still in recovery mode, 5 star rating well deserved.”