New Zealand’s largest private historic residence has been reborn as Otahuna Lodge, with seven generous suites that show off its 19th-century heritage: ornate wood-burning fireplaces, carved inglenooks, and stained glass windows. It’s surrounded by 30 acres of its own botanic gardens and situated on the base of the Banks Peninsula, just a 20-minute drive from Christchurch. That means it’s an ideal jumping-off point for exploring Canterbury. Wineries, private gardens, championship golf, excellent fishing, and even the world’s rarest dolphins are all just a short drive—or helicopter ride—from the front door. At the end of each memorable day, you’ll return to meals that celebrate what’s local and fresh, emphasizing seasonal estate-grown offerings from the property’s vast working gardens. Honest, uncluttered flavors, the finest ingredients, and elegantly restrained presentations are the hallmarks of the Otahuna experience.