An independent assessment has confirmed the seven-suite Otahuna Lodge on New Zealand’s South Island as one of a very select band of properties to bear the Qualmark ‘Exclusive’ stamp.


Qualmark is New Zealand’s official mark of quality in tourism, awarded to deserving tourism businesses across the country. The Qualmark quality assurance scheme has a star grading system for accommodation and Qualmark ‘Exclusive’ is its premier accommodation category. Otahuna Lodge is the most recent entrant in the elite group, taking the number of members to eight such establishments.

In a class of their own, this group of elite establishments is deemed to be the very best that New Zealand has to offer.


Otahuna has not yet celebrated the first anniversary of its recent renovations, having only re-opened in May 2007, after a four month refurbishment undertaken by its new owners, American-born Hall Cannon and Miles Refo. Just 20 minutes from Christchurch, and built in 1895, the Lodge was home to leading New Zealand parliamentarian, Sir Heaton Rhodes for more than 60 years. In addition to its seven individually designed suites, the property also features a 30-acre garden, heated pool, Jacuzzi, tennis court and fitness facility with a spa treatment room.


“To be acknowledged as one of the top eight properties in the country by Qualmark is high praise indeed,” commented Hall Cannon on hearing of the success. “That we are now one of just three Qualmark ‘Exclusive’ properties on the South Island, makes this success all the sweeter.”


Otahuna Lodge can be reached at +64 3 329 6333, via email at enquiries@otahuna.co.nz or visit www.otahuna.co.nz.


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