Facilities and Activities


Four ensuite bedrooms available

Three ensuite queen bedrooms.

One of these bedrooms has another single bed.

One ensuite king bedroom, including a single bed, this is an upstairs bedroom with a downstairs bathroom

See our gallery for photos of the facilities


Full Cooked and Continental breakfast included in overnight package.

Evening meals available on request by prior arrangement.

Picnic lunches available on request by prior arrangement.


B&B Per Couple – $185.00

Single B&B – $150.00

Dinner – $65.00 pp

Picnic lunches available – $25.00 pp


72 km inland from Christchurch, 35km from Methven, 25km from Darfield/Sheffield.

We are 50 minutes from Christchurch International Airport.

You need your own vehicle to get to Ida Downs. All tarseal roads.

Directions available upon booking.


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 scenery walk & tramps.

As well as heritage trails, walks, garden tours, golf, skiing, farm tours, horse trekking jet boating or 4WDing all available within 40 minutes of Ida Downs.

We want to provide you with a wonderful experience but also create wonderful memories for you.

Most of these activities are available as a self drive option as well.

Links to activities

Horse Adventures

Washpen Falls

Newzengland Archery and Clay Bird Shooting

Discovery Jet Rakaia Gorge


Lake Coleridge

Ballooning Canterbury 

Luxury rural bed & breakfast set in the foothills of Canterbury

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