At the heart of a 19th century Victorian estate, Otahuna Lodge seamlessly knits past and present together: period woodwork, stained glass windows and fifteen working fireplaces combine with a host of modern comforts and a rich collection of contemporary New Zealand art. Outside, Otahuna, which is Maori for little hill among the hills, has striking views over the Canterbury Plains and the Banks Peninsula. The song of native bellbirds invites guests to discover hidden glades, ponds and more than 120 different kinds of organic fruits, vegetables, nuts and mushrooms in the historic gardens.
In pastoral surroundings against the fluted cone of an ancient volcano, Otahuna Lodge is a beguiling Victorian mansion that offers its guests a unique sense of wonder and discovery. New Zealand's largest private historic residence has been revitalized with luxury accommodation, glorious gardens and sophisticated cuisine. In its patrician sense of calm, the grace and charm of its grounds and its refined yet personable service, Otahuna combines the romance of the past with the cosmopolitan pleasures of the present - the very best of both worlds.
Living between the Pacific Ocean and an extinct volcano, one quickly learns to respect the forces of nature. This extraordinary garden, among the clearings and dramatic vistas of the Banks Peninsula, offers a lesson in life.
More than 120 varieties of fruits, vegetables, nuts and mushrooms flourish in the historical gardens of Otahuna and rare horticultural species are protected. The gardens are maintained organically with homemade compost. The Chef might even ask if you would like to accompany him to pick the vegetables for dinner, while in “Ota-Hen-A” the property’s hen house, chickens get ready to lay eggs for breakfast. Homegrown produce is showcased, alongside regional products. And, notable Maori paintings decorate the walls of the Victorian manor, including many by emerging New Zealand artists. Otahuna: artfully blending the traditional and the modern.