Luxury rural bed & breakfast at the Canterbury foot hills, of the Southern Alps

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’


Luxury rural bed & breakfast set in the foothills of Canterbury

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