On Tuesday, 22 February, Christchurch experienced a 6.3 magnitude earthquake. This earthquake was the most significant to hit New Zealand since 1931 and has inflicted serious damage to many homes, buildings and other structures in and around Christchurch.
The Lodge has received numerous requests as to the welfare of guests and staff who work at the Lodge. All guests have left the property safely and all staff who were on or off the property at the time are also unharmed.
The homestead – a Category 1 New Zealand Historic Places Trust Landmark – has withstood this traumatic event. However, while the building stands and retains its architectural integrity, Otahuna has experienced damage to its internal walls and ceilings. The extent of this damage is currently being assessed. Recent seismic improvements have undoubtedly prevented considerable further damage.
As a result of the recent events, the decision has been taken to close Otahuna Lodge for the immediate future. We are working closely with our peer properties throughout New Zealand to re-accommodate guests.
Managing Directors Hall Cannon and Miles Refo comment, “We have been deeply moved by the tremendous outpouring of support for Otahuna during one of Christchurch's darkest days. It is heart-warming to know that so many people locally and around the world share our sentiments for one of New Zealand's most beloved treasures.”
Updates will be posted regularly to Otahuna Lodge's Facebook page at www.otahuna.co.nz