Built in 1895 as the home of a high-profile pioneer, Otahuna Lodge holds status as the best example of Queen Anne architecture in Australasia.
Boasting perfectly-preserved features like a hand-carved Kauri staircase, Rimu paneling, original lead lights and wood-burning fireplaces, it’s become not only a Category 1 listing with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust, but a fine luxury accommodation. Translating to ‘little hill among the hills,’ Otahuna sits atop a small hill in the Banks Peninsula and commands views of the Southern Alps.
The lodge itself is part of a larger 30 acres, comprised of manicured gardens, a fruit orchard and semi-wild woodlands.
During your stay, you can partake in activities from golfing and fly fishing to heli-touring and horseback riding, or even try a cooking class led by the lodge’s own Executive Chef.
OTAHUNA LODGE LOCATION
Located in the Canterbury region of the South Island, Otahuna is closest to the city of Christchurch. Travelers can find daily flights into Christchurch International Airport, and from there it’s a simple 30-minute drive along State Highway 75 to Tai Tapu.
This region of New Zealand is renowned for its grassy plains, snow-capped mountains and beautiful, crystal-clear lakes. Green spaces amass, and the Southern Alps are accessible.
Booking a trip to Otahuna comes with the choice of seven spaces: five Suites and two Master Suites. The two Masters are the property’s largest accommodations, with the Verandah Suite boasting a panoramic private terrace and the Rhodes Suite amassing a series of four rooms. All suites include artwork from some of New Zealand’s finest artists, king beds, custom-made linens, deep soaking tubs and luxury toiletries by Penhaligon's.
Otahuna’s grounds are home to multiple outdoor spaces, including a one-acre vegetable garden, a rose garden, a mushroom garden, and a field that blooms with millions of daffodils in the spring. The gardens each supply the lodge’s kitchen, which highlights the very best seasonal New Zealand produce and offers a daily changing five-course chef’s degustation menu.
Botanical Suite Located on the ground floor, the Botanical Suite is situated in the original Morning Room of the house and has access to the gardens through a private exterior door. A wood-burning fireplace with beautiful mantle anchors one corner of the room, while another wall features an enormous window facing east into the gardens. The ensuite bathroom is equally well-appointed, with a separate bath and shower.
Butler Suite The Butler Suite comprises a series of rooms overlooking the brick herb garden and terracotta roof of the sunken game house – now a wine cellar – to the woodland beyond. There’s a bedroom with fireplace, separate full sitting room and two bathrooms with a tub, all with the decorative scheme reminiscent of the Arts and Crafts period. Expect dark wood, original fireplace tiles and classic furniture.
Clark Suite This room was the former lady of the house’s bedroom and enjoys views of the woodlands through its exquisite leadlighted windows. The soft yellow and blue color tones draw inspiration from the stained-glass windows and tiled fireplace, and the paintings of Akaroa Harbour will entice you to see what lies just beyond the hill. The bathroom of this suite has its own spa tub.
Garret Suite Perched at the top of the house, the Garret Suite is enveloped in warm, wood-paneled walls and decorated with an eclectic collection of antiques. Writers may draw inspiration from a desk looking across eaves and gables, while the views from the sitting area extend out towards the mountains. There is a small library-inspired nook that is perfect for settling in with a novel, and the bathroom of this suite boasts a separate tub and shower.
Polo Suite So named for the tradition of the game at Otahuna, the Polo Suite occupies a sunny position at the front of the house. Windows tempt views of the courtyard on one side and great lawn on the other, while the décor consists of classic leathers, houndstooth fabrics and oak furniture. A highlight of the room, the bedroom features two fireplaces and the bathroom offers a deep, freestanding tub.
Rhodes Suite One of two Master Suites, the Rhodes Suite was originally the master bedroom of the house. A series of four rooms, it embodies the gracious character of the home with a palatial bedroom, separate sitting room, ensuite bathroom and private balcony. Enjoy a magnificent Victorian fireplace, stained-glass windows, double shower and spa tub. Outside, views stretch across the Canterbury plains to the distant Southern Alps.
Verandah Suite The second Master Suite, the Verandah Suite has four doors opening to an enormous arched veranda reserved exclusively for you. Soft wicker furniture tempts you to spend an afternoon in the sun, while inside is kept cozy with a crackling fire, deep armchairs and an ever-inviting bed. An incredibly spacious ensuite has a freestanding tub adjacent to the fire.
- Pre-dinner drinks and canapes
- Dinner with house wine