Otahuna Lodge is an elegant Victorian mansion, the former home of Sir Heaton Rhodes, having been built for him in 1895. The grand country house is New Zealand’s largest private historic residence and is hidden away in Tai Tapu on the Banks Peninsula, an easy 30 minute drive from Christchurch Airport. There are seven enchanting guest suites at Otahuna Lodge and while each one is different, they all blend century-old charm with more than a touch of luxury, found in the rich fabrics, spacious bathrooms and solid wood furnishings. The two Master Suites are especially luxuriant, including one that incorporates the bedroom and octagonal study of Sir Rhodes in its four opulent rooms; the other features a private, 14-metre verandah with spectacular views across Canterbury Plains. The dining at Otahuna Lodge is a memorable experience, with dishes that celebrate the very best of seasonal New Zealand produce, including many ingredients sourced from the property’s fine potager garden and orchard. Each evening, a delectable five-course chef’s degustation menu which changes daily is served, featuring simple and honest dishes elegantly presented and beautifully complemented by a different New Zealand wine for each course, hand-selected from the finest wineries in the region. The Lodge also features a delightful outdoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi tub and tennis court, all set in manicured grounds that are recognised as ‘A Garden of National Significance’.