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Gary Cody spends some time at a high coun­try re­sort and is sad to leave.

Driv­ing from Christchurch to Ter­race Downs is fun. It’s across the flat plains of Can­ter­bury and beau­ti­ful farm­land that pro­duces tons of pro­duce for lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional mar­kets.

Ter­race Downs lo­cated in the foothills of The Soth­ern Alps and sur­rounded by lush farm­land is a won­der­ful coun­try sur­prise. Down the long drive­way and up to the car park be­side the huge club­house is amaz­ing. The club­house was built with a real alpine look as are most of the other homes and units on the vast prop­erty.

Out onto the first tee and I was think­ing back to when I first played this hole. The re­sort had just been com­pleted and the course was very new. It has since set­tled and ma­tured and with the make over tak­ing place the greens and fair­ways are first class.

Play­ing along­side the cliffs that drop down to the Rakaia River is noth­ing but awe in­spir­ing. Look­ing up at Mount Hutt, Can­ter­bury’s num­ber one ski field and the ru­ral land­scape is some­thing avail­able only here in this clean friendly en­vi­ron­ment.

Af­ter an av­er­age round it was back to the club­house to en­joy a shower and tidy up be­fore I headed over to the en­light­en­ing day spa. Not be­ing a big spa guy I was to­tally con­verted and treated like a king. The spa is so peace­ful and re­lax­ing I ac­tu­ally fell asleep while be­ing pam­pered. The mas­sage was re­fresh­ing and made me feel

brand new as I had just come off an in­ter­na­tional flight that morn­ing.

That evening I met the man­age­ment team from Ter­race Downs for din­ner.

Koji Kawa­mata Man­ager and A J Roger­son the Mar­ket­ing Man­ager. It was a de­light­ful meal and they shared some of the plans they have afoot for the fu­ture de­vel­op­ment of The Re­sort. Golf tour­na­ments are pop­u­lar with cor­po­rates and clubs and they have some plans to re­peat suc­cess­ful tour­na­ments again this sum­mer.

The next morn­ing I took a ride in a jet boat on the Rakaia River . The ge­o­graph­i­cal for­ma­tion of the land and cliffs in this area is unique. The ice age cer­tainly carved some amaz­ing for­ma­tions into the land and the cliffs that line the river. The jet boat driver also showed me some im­ages of trout and salmon that he has had clients catch on this big river. So much to do , so lit­tle time.

That af­ter­noon I was back in the sad­dle. Ter­race Downs also of­fers horse trekking as an op­tion for fam­i­lies and sin­gles to wan­der through this pris­tine farm­land and ap­pre­ci­ate the won­der­ful land­scape. The horse treks took us across hills, forests and pas­tures, with an in­cred­i­ble vista of the Rakaia Gorge. No sore back­side I re­ally en­joyed the en­counter with a fit horse and was im­pressed that ad­vanced rid­ing lessons are avail­able as well.

There are so many ac­tiv­i­ties avail­able a week would not be enough. He­li­copter rides, sheep farm visits, hunt­ing and even the All Blacks have had camps there and used the full sized rugby ground to train on.

It was a sad de­par­ture and driv­ing out the long drive away from the re­sort was quite sad how­ever made me prom­ise to my­self. “Don’t leave it so long till next time”.

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