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Benlea farm is nestled in the beautiful Rakaia Gorge, surrounded by the mountains and foothills of Canterbury, New Zealand. We run sheep and cattle on our extensive 3,000 acre property. Too good to keep all to ourselves, we have not only a farm stay, but luxury accommodation to share our slice of heaven with you:

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Winter time at Benlea Cottage

Benlea Cottage Farm stay is a cozy on-farm cottage. Two bedrooms, sleeping six people. Perfect if you crave peace and quiet, privacy and a taste of country life with superb views.



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Mountain views from Villa 231


Villa 231 is our 5-star villa situated right next door to the farm at Terrace Downs High Country Resort. Three bedrooms, also sleeping six people. It offers a chance to indulge in some luxury surrounded by jaw-dropping scenery, a spectacular golf course, not to mention a fantastic on-site cafe and restaurant.


Both places are run in the New Zealand holiday house accommodation style where you are expected to leave the place clean and tidy when you leave – in return you get a really great price.


Activities available in the area are many and varied. You can choose to do a private farm tour with us and get an in-depth look at our sheep and cattle farming operation. You can also choose from boating, fishing, walking or biking. In the winter there are three ski fields close by at Mount Hutt, Porters, and Mount Olympus. All  are around an hour or just under to the skifield themselves. At Terrace Downs High Country Resort they have an 18 hole golf course, clay shooting, tennis, archery and a heli-skiing. You can also book jet boating and horse riding from there. Of course you can also just sit back with a glass of wine, enjoy the country air and relax!

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Guests meeting the pets