As reported in international news coverage, Christchurch experienced a devastating 6.3-magnitude earthquake on Tuesday, February 22nd. Although Otahuna Lodge sustained moderate damage from this event, all guests and staff are safe and unharmed. Owners Hall Cannon and Miles Refo, along with their team, have temporarily closed the Lodge and are now actively working to restore Otahuna.
The homestead – a Category 1 New Zealand Historic Places Trust Landmark – has withstood this traumatic event although it has incurred many faults to its internal walls and ceilings. However, seismic strengthening following the September 2010 earthquake is credited with saving the building during this most recent event.
Mr. Cannon states that he is "very relieved that the heritage building stands and retains its architectural integrity. We are continuing to assess the extent of the damage and - with the assistance of an exceptional team of tradespeople - have already begun our restorative works."
As a result of the recent events, it is anticipated that Otahuna Lodge will reopen in Southern Hemispheric Winter 2011. The entire team remains in place during the closure to assist in the restoration. "We are accepting forward bookings but in the interim we are working closely with our peer properties throughout New Zealand to re-accommodate guests," Cannon said.
"We have been deeply moved by the tremendous outpouring of support from all around the world, both for Christchurch and for Otahuna," Cannon said. "It is heart-warming to know that so many people share our sentiments for one of New Zealand's most beloved treasures. We remain committed to Christchurch, to the long-term success of our business and to the continued preservation of one of New Zealand's most important historic buildings."
Information will also be posted on Otahuna's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/otahuna. For further information or for reservations, please contact Otahuna Lodge on +64 3 329 6333, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.