Otahuna Lodge


A beguiling Victorian mansion

Set against the fluted cone of an ancient volcano in the pastoral surroundings of Tai Tapu, Otahuna Lodge is an enchanting Victorian mansion that has be revitalised in a refined boutique stay.

Each of Otahuna's seven suites is an enclave of refined comfort. Here, the classical ambience created by ornate fireplaces, carved inglenooks and flowers freshly picked from the estate. All offer super-king beds, fine custom-made linens, deep soaking bathtubs and separate showers.

The cuisine celebrates the best of seasonal New Zealand produce, with an emphasis on fresh estate-grown offerings, with the spectacular grounds and gardens an attraction in themselves.


At a glance

  • Seven suites

  • Restaurant and bar

  • Spa and gym

  • Historic gardens

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  • Otahuna NZ Gardens

    Garden tour

    No stay at Otahuna Lodge is complete without a tour of the estate's own century-old garden. The tour provides insight into the history of Otahuna, explaining why and how Victorians grew certain kinds of plants, as well as the many ways in which the current garden team restores and maintains Heaton Rhodes’ greatest legacy.

  • Otahuna NZ Akaroa

    Akaroa day trip

    Originally settled by French immigrants, Akaroa is a picturesque seaside town that has retained many of its 19th century public buildings and cottages. The one-hour drive from Otahuna’s gates takes guests over the crater rim of an extinct volcano, with stunning views of the harbour and the patchwork of farms and forests below. Akaroa offers the opportunity to swim with the world’s rarest and smallest dolphins, the Hector’s Dolphins.

  • Otahuna NZ Arthurs Pass

    Arthur’s Pass

    Embark on one of the world’s greatest train journeys, the TranzAlpine, which traverses the South Island’s majestic landscapes. From the nearby Rolleston Station, experience the most scenic part of the rail journey as the train climbs into the heart of the Southern Alps, winding its way along the bright blue Waimakariri River and through dramatic alpine valleys before arriving at Arthur’s Pass National Park.

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