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Jet Boat Adventure and Heli-Taxi Service launched at high country resort

Mark Devlin - 12/04/08

Stunning high country resort Terrace Downs has launched a new jet boating adventure "Discovery Jet" and a Heli-Taxi service as the latest additions to the exciting array of unique experiences on offer at the luxury resort.

Clubhouse with lights at dusk with villas
Clubhouse with lights at dusk with villas
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Discovery Jet will allow thrill seekers and nature lovers to experience the sensation and excitement of jet boating up the spectacular Rakaia River, with awe-inspiring mountain views of the Southern Alps.

You will be taken on the ultimate scenic jet boat safari up the Rakaia River, world famous for its salmon and trout fishing. Beginning at the Rakaia Gorge Bridge, the jet boat will take you through a deep canyon where you'll see beautiful New Zealand native birds nesting, along with remnants of coal and huge limestone rock walls.

If you fancy a spot of walking, why not ride the Discovery Jet up the river and be let off on your return to enjoy a stunning two hour long scenic walk along the river terrace!

In addition to their jet boating adventure, Terrace Downs plans to offer Discovery Jet passengers' special vouchers which will enable them to enjoy other attractions on offer at the resort; including horse safaris, blokarting, claybird shooting, archery, golf and more.

Terrace Downs is a unique getaway destination just one hour's drive from Christchurch International Airport boasting an array of activities, deluxe accommodation, award winning chefs, a championship golf course and stunning views to Mt Hutt, all in a pristine alpine high country setting.

Stunning views of the surrounding country
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Operated by Terrace Downs Adventures Ltd and owned by Terrace Downs and Four Seasons Safaris New Zealand, Discovery Jet will be based at Rakaia Gorge and operate seven days a week, weather and river conditions permitting. The new joint venture will begin its jet boat safaris operation with one boat, with plans for future expansion.

"We want to bring a high level of safety, reliability, consistency and fun to the river for guests of all ages. Our team of professional jet boat drivers have over ten years of commercial experience on the Rakaia Gorge and are in compliance with Maritime New Zealand," says CEO Jonathan Hendriksen of Terrace Downs.

"Set in the stunning surroundings of the Rakaia Gorge, Discovery Jet offers a unique experience for both Kiwis and overseas guests," he says.

Heli-jet, jet-hike, jet-horse trek, jet boat salmon and trout fishing, river bank picnic combos and more are all offered by the Terrace Downs adventure boat Discovery Jet the ultimate way to explore and experience the fabulous new black boat on the Rakaia River Gorge!

More news from Terrace Downs

Canterbury high country resort Terrace Downs has announced the launch of a new Heli-Taxi service a timely winter addition to the array of exciting activities on offer at the luxury getaway destination just an hour's drive from Christchurch airport.

In partnership with Mt Hutt Helicopters, Terrace Downs will provide a Heli-Taxi service between the resort and the car park at the Mt Hutt Ski Area for just $65 each way the ultimate in value for money and convenience for winter sports enthusiasts. The service is available to both in-house guests and Park'n'Ride visitors.

Forget the usual 50-minute challenging drive up the mountain from Terrace Downs, with the Heli-Taxi service you will escape the hassle of chains and beat the mountain traffic. The scenic trip takes just five minutes by helicopter so you'll be sipping a hot chocolate at the Terrace Downs Clubhouse one minute, and within ten minutes you will be up the mountain clipping on your skis or snowboard! For added convenience, Mt Hutt lift passes can also be purchased at Terrace Downs.

As the closest ski field to Terrace Downs, Mt Hutt is renowned for some of the best snow in Australasia, offering 472 hectares of diverse terrain for skiers and snowboarders. Due to open on June 14, 2008, Mt Hutt typically averages an incredible six month ski season on groomed slopes that cater for beginners through to experts.

"It's a unique way to get up the mountain in style and in a matter of minutes for a very affordable price," he says.

This winter, Terrace Downs will also be introducing a shuttle bus between the resort and Methven in conjunction with local transport operators. The new service will be great for those staying in the village who are keen to experience Terrace Downs' offering and for house guests wanting a 'night on the town' in Methven.

For those non-skiing days you'll be spoilt for choice with the exciting range of activities on offer at Terrace Downs from a Discovery Jet boating adventure or a Horse Safari to ice skating, Blokarting, golf or an indulgent massage.

In the evening, treat yourself to award-winning cuisine in Avoca Fine Dining or relax at Tilley's Bar & Brasserie.

Weather permitting, the Terrace Downs Heli-Taxi service will operate on the weekends from the Terrace Downs Clubhouse (bookings recommended). Flights will depart from 8.30am during the Mt Hutt ski season (first lifts operate from 9am, base lodge opens at 8.30am).

The Heli-Taxi service may also operate from Monday to Friday if there is high demand for the service and optimum weather conditions.

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