New Zealand's Otahuna Lodge Re-Opens After a Makeover

Photos Courtesy of Otahuna Lodge
Otahuna Lodge, an elegant, historic country estate-turned-luxury hotel in the heart of New Zealand's Canterbury region, has reopened following a 10-month renovation project. This marks the latest effort in a six-year scheme to restore the 116-year-old property, part of the Relais & Chateaux collection, maintaining and preserving the Lodge's distinct heritage, as well as the property's status as an architectural gem. The seven-suite retreat combines prestigious luxury accommodation with exemplary service and cuisine in the context of an iconic, historical landmark in a breathtaking landscape.

Architecturally the Lodge remains almost unchanged since the Victorian era. The property's architectural details, including 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 vast gardens on the 30-acre grounds, from which the owners now grow some 115 varieties of organic fruits, nuts and vegetables. Whole acres of the garden were uncovered and have recently bloomed for the first time since the 1950s.

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Jared Paul Stern

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