• Autumn 2018

    Another year is flying past. Mike is still driving diggers and bulldozers in our district. Karen is on the Commmunity Board for the council . We still host a lot of guests and organize four wheel drive trips. Our district has a huge variety of walks and activities,a lot within an hour of Ida Downs. … Continued

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  • May 2017

    Another busy summer has whizzed by.We have had lots of 4WD people staying for two night this summer. We welcome people who would like to stay and enjoy the many walks/tramps in the foothils of Canterbury and the Rakaia gorge area. Winter has come early and we are only one hour from the ski field at … Continued

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  • August 2016

    We have had a fairly mild winter here in Canterbury, some hard frosts which generally result in clear sunny days. The ski fields are struggling to keep enough snow. I have had a couple of weeks skiing at Mt Olympus this month. Mike and I had a great trip 4x4ing in the centre of Australia … Continued

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  • Ida Downs End Summer April 2016

    Another summer has come to an end. The days are drawing in with nice sunny weather during the day. We have had 4x4ing people staying this summer. They have had a great time exploring the Lake Coleridge and Whitcliffes area. We have also had  casual people staying who have enjoyed the walks in our area … Continued

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  • January 2016

    Another year has rumbled past and life does not get any slower as we get older, or so it seems. I have finally learnt how to edit the Ida Downs website and add new blogs. Mike and I had  a great trip 4x4ing in the Northern Territory in Australia with our son Nicholas. We were … Continued

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  • Ida Downs Update

    Mike and Karen have just sold their High Country journeys 4×4 self drive trip which they have owned and run for over 20 years. We started the 4×4 trip when we lived in the Lake Coleridge high country at Ryton Station, the trip was called Station To Station initially. When we shifted to Glenroy, near … Continued

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