Benlea farm is located in the Windwhistle/Rakaia Gorge area, Canterbury, New Zealand, where we farm sheep and cattle and crops on just under 3,000 acres (1,200 Ha). From the farm we run two styles of accommodation:

Benlea cottage holiday house accommodation

Benlea cottage located on the Benlea working farm

Villa 231

Villa 231 at Terrace Downs Resort

Benlea Cottage is a two bedroom cottage sleeping six people situated on the farm. Ideal if you crave peace and quiet, privacy and a taste of country life with superb views.

Villa 231 (currently unavailable) is situated at Terrace Downs High Country Resort situated next door to Benlea and also sleeps six people. It offers a spot of luxury surrounded by stunning scenery, a golf course and a 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 great price.

Activities available in the area are many and varied. You can 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 around an hour or just under to the skifield themselves. At Terrace Downs Resort they have an 18 hole golf course, clay shooting, archery, horse riding, heli-skiing, and a luxurious spa. You can also book jet boating from there. Of course you can also just relax and enjoy the country air!