Otahuna Lodge is New Zealand’s premier historic estate offering modern luxury in the context of a restored Victorian mansion. The Lodge is surrounded by 30 acres of award-winning gardens, including sweeping lawns, a formal parterre, woodlands and productive gardens which annually produce more than 120 different fruits, nuts, vegetables and mushrooms.
Otahuna was built in the nineteenth century for prominent parliamentarian and philanthropist 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 ‘Queen Anne’ or ‘Arts and Crafts” style architecture in Australasia. The homestead retains many original decorative features including gingerbread mantlepieces, stained glass windows, 4-metre coffered ceilings and 15 wood-burning fireplaces including some in guest bedrooms and bathrooms. Outside, the 120-year old gardens offer panoramic vistas of the Southern Alps, formal beds with mature exotic trees, and hidden glades waiting to be discovered.
The Lodge offers a hosted environment with a dedicated staff working to create a number of personalised moments to delight guests. At dinner, guests may dine communally in the opulent formal dining room where ornate original wallpaper, a roaring fire and sparkling candlesticks exemplify the gracious living of the Victorian era. Alternatively, they may retreat to a private table for two in the sunken wine cellar, the intimate library, the drawing room turret, or a location of their choosing.