Located in South Island, which is a place of replenishment and refinement, the Otahuna Lodge (5*) is a place where prestigious luxury accommodation meets exemplary service and cuisine in the context of an elegant, historic country estate. It is a place where guests receive the warmest welcome and indulge wholeheartedly in the sense of occasion presented by lavish surroundings. Each room retains architectural features from the 19th century such as ornate original fireplaces, carved inglenooks and stained glass windows. The hotel offers menu which changes daily, making use of the best fresh produce and guest's dietary requirements. The gardens of the country estate offer a range of guest amenities and activities including swimming, tennis, croquet and petanque among others.
Set 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 revitalised 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.
Each room retains architectural features from the 19th century such as ornate original fireplaces, carved inglenooks and stained glass windows. All luxury suites offer super-king beds, fine custom-made linens, toiletries by Penhaligon’s of London, deep bathtubs and separate rain.
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The cuisine celebrates the best of seasonal New Zealand produce, with an emphasis on fresh Otahuna estate-grown offerings. Dinner is a five-course chef’s degustation menu which changes daily, making use of the best fresh produce and guest's dietary requirements. At dinner, guests dine communally in the opulent formal dining room - 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.
After a busy day exploring Canterbury, guests might indulge in a relaxing or therapeutic massage. Therapists provide a range of treatments, styles and pressures to accommodate a wide variety of preferences. The Otahuna swimming pool is open from November through March and heated to a comfortable 26C (79F). Meanwhile the outdoor spa pool is available for use throughout the year. For those who find relaxation in active pursuits, a hard-surface tennis court is available with the use of racquets and balls. A small gym is also available offering an elliptical machine, rowing machine and stationary bicycle as well as free weights.
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