Otahuna Lodge, Christchurch, New Zealand
'Checking-In' with Otahuna Lodge Owner Hall Cannon. Otahuna was built in 1895 for prominent Canterbury pioneer Sir Heaton Rhodes. An enduring testament to his love for the finer things in life, the homestead is considered one of the best examples of unspoiled Queen Anne architecture in Australasia and is protected by a Category One listing from the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.
Otahuna Lodge is an intimate, exclusive retreat offering seven individual suites. The 2 master suites and 5 suites retain grand architectural features from the 19th century such as ornate wood-burning fireplaces, carved inglenooks and stained glass windows.
Food and wine are an integral part of the Lodge experience. The menu celebrates the best of fresh New Zealand produce with an emphasis on seasonal and estate-grown offerings. Honest, uncluttered flavours, the finest ingredients and elegantly restrained presentation are the hallmarks of the Otahuna table.
The spectacular 110-year old gardens stretch over 30 acres. Wide vistas over lawn and lake contrast beautifully with intimate walks which wind through heavily wooded areas. On the far side of the lake, a million daffodils welcome guests to the property each spring. Meanwhile the formal “Dutch” garden invites guests to meander its hedged pathways to discover exotic trees, including some of New Zealand’s largest and finest specimens. Situated at the base of the Banks Peninsula, Otahuna Lodge is just 20 minutes drive from the city centre of Christchurch, making it the ideal place from which to explore Canterbury. Wineries, private gardens, championship golf, world-class fishing and even the world’s rarest dolphins are all just a short drive – or helicopter ride – from the front door.
Facilities: Heated swimming pool and spa, petanque, croquet, tennis, on site horse stables, day spa, outdoor fireplace and entertaining area, on site cooking school, wine cellar, helipad. Each suite is decidedly different and decorated with luxurious fitting in a range of themes most with fireplaces and views over the property.
•2012 Heritage Landscape Award for Preservation of a heritage landscape or garden presented by the Christchurch Heritage Awards Charitable Trust.
•2009 Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report voted us amongst the world's Top 20 "International Hideaways"
•2009 "Best Hotel in Australia and New Zealand" Gallivanter's Guide
•2008 Relais & Chateaux
Destination: Tai Tapu, Christchurch
Official website: Otahuna Lodge Luxury Accommodation
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Tailored Vacations / Holidays that include Otahuna Lodge Luxury Accommodation
“We were fortunate enough during our recent trip to have stayed in some lovely places, including several of NZ’s best luxury lodges. Otahuna Lodge surpasses them all. Otahuna has recently changed ownership, but has been further refurbished and looked to us to be better than ever."
”Recently visited South Island for the first time and the high point was a truly memorable visit to Otahuna Lodge. Wished we could have stayed much longer: we were made to feel completely at home and that's exactly what Otahuna feels like - your own home (I wish!). Chef Jimmy's food is fabulous and it was such a treat to wander around his vegetable garden, planning what we were going to eat that night. We stayed in the Verandah Suite and even in early May - just Autumn in NZ - were able to sit out on the balcony and read, looking down over the most glorious lawn. Tim, the Concierge, arranged a truly unforgettable helicopter tour of the Waimak Valley...we landed on a mountain peak at one stage and were having lunch at Pegasus Bay 15 minutes later! Owners, Hall and Miles have an impressive eye for detail – matched by a great sense of fun. I’d strongly encourage those heading to this part of New Zealand to discover Otahuna.”