A challenging all year round and picturesque 18 hole course is opposite and but a pitching iron away. Club competition days are Tuesday starting at 9.30 am and Saturday 12.30 pm. (Both days multiple tee off starts.) Visiting golfers (ladies and men) are welcome to join the daily competition. Casual rounds available any day subject to bookings. Use “The Glens” golf cart, clubs available (a fee may apply).
Terrace Downs, an international resort course, in the Rakaia Gorge is 25 minutes away. As well there are five club courses that welcome visitors, within 35 mins drive.
Internationally known Mount Hutt Ski Field is some 30 minutes away to the base of the mountain access road. As well there five other ski fields all within an hours drive, that includes the commercial field Porter Heights in the Porter Valley (40min drive).
Again the internationally known Rakaia and Waimakariri Rivers are less than 25 minutes drive from Glentunnel. The Rangitata River another famous New Zealand salmon river is about an hour's drive away.
While not as productive as in early years the Selwyn River is a short 10min walk away. However there are many well stocked high country lakes and feeder streams nearby that still hide those big Browns and battling Rainbows. These are all within a range of 90mins away and allow an angler to fish one area and if not productive, move to the next water. A New Zealand fishing licence is a necessity.
Thrilling Jet Boat Tours travelling through the braided river gorges of the Rakaia or the Waimakariri Rivers into the Canterbury High is a must. These generally operate all year round.
For those looking for great excitement and to test their own skills the opportunities abound to do this nearby. Assistance can be provided to link in with commercial adventure companies
Whether an hour or one day, the many walks in the adjacent foothills that are on offer are unbelievable. You'll enjoy the views of the mountain peaks, the native bush, the bubbling crystal clear mountain streams and the bird song. For the person looking for extended tramps of several days utilising back country huts, there are a number within easy reach. Two larger conservation parks, the Korowai/Torlesse Tussocklands and Arthurs Pass National Park are in the nearby Porter Valley.
Hot Air Ballooning/Gliding
Several ballooning companies offer daily opportunities (weather dependant) for those that wish to experience an impressive experience drifting high above the Canterbury Plains.
Want to renew or experience soaring above the rolling hills and valleys of the Southern Alps? The Canterbury Gliding Club operates from a base 15mins away.
For the purist, mountain peaks, the beech forest and its birdlife, the lakes or braided river scenes abound. Don't forget the stark tussock lands and the moody rock outcrops that skirt the Inland Highway. Take the loop trip (and a picnic lunch) by car from Glentunnel over Porters Pass, through the Coleridge Valley, overlooking magnificent views of Lake Coleridge, returning to Glentunnel alongside the Rakaia River road with extensive views of the real Canterbury high country and the upper Rakaia River. You won't be disappointed.
For those looking for an equine adventure High Country Horse Trekking opportunities are available. Bookings must be made for either half or one day or extended trips.
Trans Alpine Rail
The Trans Alpine Rail trip has been said to be one of the world's notable alpine rail journey's. Magnificent in winter and stunning in summer. Take the return day trip from nearby Darfield Station to Greymouth. Leave the Canterbury Plains and its sheep filled or grain paddocks, pass over high river viaducts, skirt under mountain peaks, watch in awe as you pass through mountain forests and river valleys. On arrival spend several hours shopping , or complete a short tour. Consider staying overnight in Greymouth and experience true West Coast hospitality, then return looking at those sights you didn't have time to see on the way there. Assistance with drop off and pick up to/from Darfield available for guests.