My girlfriend and I stayed at Otahuna at the end of our trip to the southern Island in January of 2011 and it was the perfect ending to an amazing vacation. Hall Cannon and Miles Refo, the owners, have created a retreat that is luxurious and grand, yet, you feel at home and comfortable at the same time. The staff is attentive but not in your face and every little detail is thought through, from dinner with regional wine pairings to chocolate covered strawberries on your bedside after turn down service along with a small anecdote of the history of the lodge. Head chef, Jimmy McIntyre's food is amazing. And not only is his food wonderful but he will cater your dinner to your tastes depending on preferences and/or allergies and almost everything is produced from the stock and gardens maintained on the property. The property as well as the lodge itself is impeccably maintained. If fact, while taking a tour of the extensive and beautiful grounds, I actually proposed to my now fiance. I felt it was the perfect setting but could not have guessed at how amazing the staff would be. Mr. Cannon and Refo, immediately took pictures for us to remember it by and had the staff open a bottle of bubbly to celebrate. They truly made an exciting moment in our lives, even more special. If we did not have such an extensive family, we would have eagerly considered holding our wedding at the lodge but hopefully we will be able to go back someday as this is truly a special place.
- Also Known As:
- Otahuna Hotel
- Otahuna Hotel Christchurch
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Otahuna Lodge is an intimate, exclusive retreat set in an 1895 Victorian mansion. The seven generous suites retain grand architectural features from the 19th century such as open fireplaces, carved inglenooks and stained glass windows. The spectacular 115-year old gardens stretch over 30 acres and feature many themed areas including an organic kitchen garden and orchard which supply more than 100 kinds of vegetable, fruit and nut to the restaurant. ... more less
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