New Zealand's most diverse region
Sample the diverse tastes, sights and sounds of Canterbury from a Victorian mansion set on acres of beautiful botanic gardens.
Perched atop a small hill, with views across the Canterbury plains to the Southern Alps, you'll find Otahuna Lodge, a private and luxurious lodge. Built by Sir Heaton Rhodes as a wedding present for his wife in 1895, it was transformed by Hall Cannon and Miles Refo when they left New York and fell in love with New Zealand in 2005.
Join executive chef Jimmy McIntyre in sourcing food grown in the lodge gardens before planning, cooking and eating a delectable meal matched with wines produced nearby.
The ultimate way to explore the region, Otahuna Lodge can organise heli-tours that will convienently pick you up from the Great Lawn. Enjoy a picnic at Mt Cook, go whale-watching in Kaikoura, or give heli-skiing a go.
Discover New Zealand’s pristine waters with guided and heli-fishing experiences to the high country and lowland streams. Let the locals show you Canterbury's streams, where you'll find Chinook salmon, brown and rainbow trout.
Spend a day tasting the exquisitely spicy and rich Pinot Noirs and Rieslings of Waipara Valley, home to celebrated wineries such as Waipara Hills, Pegasus Bay, Greystone Wines and Muddy Water. The accompanying gourmet experience will leave a memorable taste, lasting way beyond your time spent here.