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There are many parts of New Zealand that call to mind a time gone by. At Otahuna Lodge you’ll be staying in a perfect example of Victorian-style architecture.

As you approach Otahuna Lodge you’re charmed by the picturebook quality of the period architecture. Tile hung walls and grey slate roofs complement the white wooden clap-boarding. Ornate upper windows decorate the grand bays. Stone steps lead up to an arched porch, itself surmounted by a first floor, galleried veranda. There are decorative brick chimneys that wouldn’t look out of place on an English manor house, and inside the ‘slice-of-history’ theme continues with original 19th century fireplaces, carved inglenooks and stained glass windows.

But make Otahuna Lodge part of your luxury, tailor-made holiday to New Zealand and you’ll have plenty of modern comforts too and easy access to all the opportunities of the pretty city of Christchurch.

Otahuna Lodge, at a glance

  • Small and intimate, five star lodge nestling on the Banks Peninsular
  • Choice of just five suites and two master suites – all with period architectural features
  • Original 19th century ornate fireplaces, carved inglenooks and stained glass windows
  • Super king-sized beds and en suite bathrooms with baths and rain showers
  • Cuisine focusses on the best of New Zealand produce with vegetables from Otahuna’s own garden

For leisure and pleasure

  • Heated swimming pool and spa
  • Fine base for exploring the picturesque seaside town of Akaro and Arthur’s Pass
  • Tours of the estate’s magnificent gardens, established over a century ago
  • Trips to the botanical gardens of Christchurch and surrounding area
  • Cooking classes with a top chef
  • Four golf courses within easy reach
  • Fly fishing with a local guide
  • Heli-touring to see whales, Canterbury and the awesome Mount Cook
  • Horse riding, hiking and biking expeditions
  • Vineyard tours
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