Travel: Otahuna Lodge Re-Opens

Daffodils in the gardens of the Otahuna Lodge.
Daffodils in the gardens of the Otahuna Lodge.

Christchurch, New Zealand (August 2, 2011) –  Recently, the Otahuna Lodge re-opened August 1, 2011, following its closure due to the Christchurch Earthquake on 22 February. Otahuna Lodge is an exclusive country estate offering 5 suites and 2 master suites.

As one of New Zealand‘s most significant historic residences, Otahuna has a unique allure. Architecturally it remains almost unchanged since the Victorian era, and it was immediately impressed on us that such a house and the beguiling gardens that surround it could never be replicated today. Each suite retains architectural features from the 19th century such as ornate original fireplaces, carved inglenooks and stained glass windows.

Over the past six years Otahuna has experienced a remarkable renewal.  The property’s architectural details – its elaborately turned woodwork, stained glass and fifteen wood-burning fireplaces – have been restored by some of New Zealand’s most venerated craftsmen.  The property’s culinary offerings have been inspired by the revival of the Lodge’s iconic gardens from which we now grow some 115 varieties of organic fruits, nuts and vegetables.  Whole acres of the garden have been uncovered and have recently bloomed for the first time since the 1950’s.

The beautiful Christchurch countryside in New Zealand.

Simply put: Otahuna Lodge is a modern interpretation of a self-sustaining British Colonial estate.

The past ten months have posed challenges unique to Otahuna in its 116-year history. Dedication to the extraordinary renovation remains steadfast and their commitment to ensuring its future is stronger than ever.  Their team  – each of whom has remained throughout the closure periods – have demonstrated an equally extraordinary commitment to preserving this landmark for the enjoyment of their guests. Their efforts in restoring Otahuna Lodge from the earthquake to its renewed form today are apparent.

Enjoy a wonderful evening at Otahuna Lodge.
Enjoy a wonderful evening at Otahuna Lodge.

All regions of New Zealand outside of Christchurch including other parts of Canterbury such as Arthur’s Pass and Kaikoura were entirely unaffected by the earthquake in February and have continued to welcome visitors. Likewise, Christchurch International Airport is fully functional.

Outside of the city, tourism activities available to guests of the Lodge have resumed normal operations and are open to visitors. These include Akaroa attractions such as: Black Cat Cruises, A-Class Sailing, the “Giant’s Garden” and guided kayak safaris; all wineries in the Waipara valley region; Clearwater, Russley and Terrace Downs golf courses; the TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth; and The Christchurch Botanic Gardens as well as many local private gardens.

For more information and reservations, please visit their site. Othauna Lodge

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