Otahuna Countryside Escape

From Christchurch to Christchurch
  • Canterbury & Upper South Island
  • Luxury
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Tour Description

Our Otahuna lodge experience allows you to get out and enjoy the countryside from Christchurch.

Escape to a Victorian mansion that offers a unique sense of wonder and discovery. This escape will have you experience one of New Zealand's largest private historic residence which has been converted into luxury accommodation. Walk the glorious gardens set in pastoral surroundings against the fluted cone of an ancient volcano. Indulge in sophisticated cuisine and amazing wine. With car hire available take the opportunity to drive to Akaroa, explore nearby wineries and countryside. This is the perfect escape or an excellent way to start or finish your adventure around the South Island.

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Otahuna holds so many aspects to enjoy and discover. Beyond the classic entrance hall, hidden amenities and stunning interiors there is so much to discover, including the surrounding 125 year old gardens, listed as a Garden of National Significance

The cuisine at at the lodge celebrates quality NZ produce and cooked by a top chef.

"The wine region north of the lodge is less visited and with smaller crowds. A great opportunity to taste some of the more boutique vineyard wines." Ersan, Team Viva

Tour Itinerary

Customisable ? This tour can be customised to suit your tastes and timing. Enquire here for more information.
Day 1
Christchurch Otahuna

On arrival to Christchurch, you will pick up your car hire and drive to the historical luxury accommodation, Otahuna Lodge. Otahuna was built in 1895 for Sir Heaton Rhodes, a high-profile pioneer of Canterbury, and his wife Jessie. The name “Otahuna” is Maori and popularly translates as “little hill among the hills.” The homestead sits atop a small hill, between the rocky outcrops of the Banks Peninsula, providing commanding views of the gardens and across the plains to the Southern Alps. Once settled in, take a tour of the estate's own century-old garden. The tour provides insight into the history of Otahuna, explaining why and how Victorians grew certain kinds of plants, as well as the many ways in which the current garden team restores and maintains Heaton Rhodes’ greatest legacy. You will start your evening with canapes and drinks before embarking on a delicious 5 course dinner with wine pairing.

Day 2

Today we recommend you drive one hour north of Otahuna Lodge to the Waipara wine district, which is New Zealand’s hottest wine region and home to some excellent boutique vineyards. If you are not keen on the vineyards, how about a drive to Akaroa and take a dolphin tour on the Akaroa Harbour? Or maybe opt for a helicopter tour, hiking, biking, fly fishing or perhaps you just want to enjoy the comforts and history of your lodge.

Day 3
Otahuna Christchurch

This morning after breakfast you will checkout. You may wish to explore Christchurch city and the lovely botanical gardens before dropping your car off or you maybe continuing on a longer trip with us through the South Island.

What’s Included

  • Included Copy 20 2 nights in a suite
  • Included Copy 20 Pre dinner drinks and canapes,
  • Included Copy 20 5 course degustation dinner and wine pairing
  • Included Copy 20 2 breakfasts
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Rental car ex Christchurch airport
  • Included Copy 31 Add heli touring, biking, hiking, fly fishing
Rental Car


  • Included Relax in your comfortable accommodation, enjoy the fine cuisine
  • Included Stay in New Zealand's largest private historic residence, in one of 7 suites
  • Included Ornate wallpaper, a roaring fire, sparkling candlesticks, soak up the romance of the Victorian era
  • Included Stroll and relax in the spectacular 125-year old grounds, over 30 acres!
  • Included Self drive lets you explore the local area at your own pace
  • Included Perhaps sample pinot noir in the Waipara wine district, or dolphin spotting in Akaroa
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3 days

Price from

$2,586 USD

Per person, sharing

including GST

Daily Departures