New Zealand


Otahuna Lodge (Christchurch)

Price from £839 per room per night

This lodge is a place of replenishment and refinement, where prestigious luxury accommodation meets exemplary service and cuisine in the context of an elegant, historic country estate that dates back to 1895. Beyond the classic entrance hall, hidden amenities and fine dining are waiting to be discovered and enjoyed. The spectacular 110-year old gardens consist of wide vistas over lawn and lake that contrast beautifully with intimate walks which wind through heavily wooded areas. The gardens offer a range of guest amenities and activities including swimming, tennis, croquet and petanque. The name “Otahuna” is Maori and popularly translates as “little hill among the hills.” The homestead is considered one of the best examples of unspoiled Queen Anne architecture in Australasia.

Hotel Facilities

Bicycle Hire, Disabled Facilities, Gym Equipment, Day Spa, Internet Facilities, Laundry Service, Non Smoking Property, Parking Facilities, Porter Service, Reception Safe, Spa and Swimming Pool.

Room Facilities

Each Suite retains architectural features from the 19th century such as ornate original fireplaces and stained glass windows. All offer fine custom-made linens, toiletries by Penhaligon’s of London, deep bathtubs and separate rain showers. The Rhodes Master Suite boasts a magnificent Victorian fireplace. An octagonal sitting room situated in the turret is the perfect spot to read a book, work a jigsaw puzzle, enjoy a quiet candlelit dinner or simply gaze out to the gardens. The ensuite bathroom is luxuriously appointed with a double shower and separate spa tub, ideal for soothing tired muscles at the close of an active day. Outside, the private balcony affords spectacular views across the Canterbury plains to the distant Southern Alps. The Verandah Master Suite has four doors which all open onto an enormous arched verandah, reserved exclusively for the suite. Here, guests may quietly contemplate the birdsong from the gardens, or toast with a glass of champagne as the sun sets across the Canterbury Plains behind the Southern Alps. Indoors, guests can lose themselves in the crackle of a fire – either from a deep armchair in the bedroom or from the freestanding bathtub in the spacious ensuite bathroom.

Price Shown Above

Suite including dinner, bed and breakfast.

Room Types

Polo Suite The Polo Suite occupies a sunny position at the front of the house overlooking a courtyard on one side and the great lawn on the other. Heaton played regularly on the lawn, which had to be mown by horses wearing special leather shoes. The classic leathers, hound’s-tooth fabrics and oak furniture of the suite provide the perfect inspiration to plan one's own horseback adventures from the comfort of a deep double-ended bathtub.

Garret Suite Perched at the top of the house, this eyrie invokes Heaton Rhodes' passion for the great outdoors. Writers may draw inspiration from the desk which looks out across eaves and gables to the treetops, while the views from the sitting area extend all the way across the province to the mountains.

Clark Suite Named for the Lady of the House, Jessie Clark, the Clark Suite looks east over the treetops to the Port Hills. The soft yellows and blues of this classic suite draw their inspiration from the expansive stained glass windows, tiled fireplace and traditional English country ambience of the estate.

Butler Suite The Butler Suite comprises a series of rooms looking over the terracotta roof of the sunken game house - now a wine cellar - to the woodland beyond. The bedroom, separate full sitting room, and two bathrooms feature classic depictions of the evocative Canterbury landscape as well as Otahuna's historic past.

Botanical Suite The Botanical Suite is situated in the original Morning Room of the house, where tea was served to Jessie Rhodes and other fine Canterbury ladies every day at 11 o'clock sharp. A floor-to-ceiling mantle featuring gingerbread woodwork and a wood-burning fireplace anchors one corner of the room. In another, an enormous bay window faces east to the gardens and receives bright sunlight through painted glass in the mornings.

The Rhodes Suite is actually a series of four rooms. The bedroom boasts a magnificent Victorian fireplace with inglenook seating and stained glass windows. A separate octagonal sitting room situated in the turret is the perfect spot to read a book, work a jigsaw puzzle, enjoy a quiet candlelit dinner or simply gaze out to the gardens. The en suite bathroom is luxuriously appointed with a double shower and separate spa tub, ideal for soothing tired muscles at the close of an active day.

The Verandah Suite Epitomising the phrase ‘room with a view’, four doors open onto an enormous arched verandah, reserved exclusively for the suite. Here, guests may quietly contemplate the birdsong from the gardens or toast with a glass of champagne as the sun sets across the Canterbury Plains behind the Southern Alps. Indoors, guests can lose themselves in the crackle of a fire either from a deep armchair in the bedroom or from the freestanding bathtub in the spacious ensuite bathroom.