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The Otahuna Lodge
The Otahuna Lodge, Christchurch. Courtesy Otahuna Lodge

We head to New Zealand in November for this year’s Society of American Travel Writers’ Convention.  If it’s like previous conventions, it should be fun and productive!

This one is in Wellington, New Zealand’s capital. By most accounts, Wellington has become a groovy cultural hub with a thriving arts and music scene. Stay tuned for our report and feature stories covering the latest developments!

Prior to the convention, we’ll be driving independently across the country’s South Island—traversing the Canterbury Plains to the Southern Alps after a brief stay in Christchurch. Here, in this earthquake-stricken city, we expect the Otahuna Lodge (www.otahuna.co.nz) will be a highlight.

Hot off the press is news that this historic country estate, acclaimed by visitors and Kiwis alike as one of New Zealand’s finest accommodations, has just re-opened after damages from the South Island’s two recent earthquakes were repaired.

Built in 1895, the Lodge, now a Relais & Chateaux property, is the largest historic residence in New Zealand and has a top rating with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust. The property is also recognized as  “A Garden of National Significance” by the New Zealand Gardens Trust.

The  Lodge is known for its romantic British Colonial ambience, large suites, extensive gardens, collection of New Zealand art— and fine dining.

An update on the Otahuna as well as other New Zealand highlights and tips will follow upon our return.

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  1. Dear Charlie and Mary Herbert

    Love your website and have bookmarked it. I don’t know if you would be interested in travel writing that would appeal to hikers or not, but there is a great hiking trail in New Zealand, I understand. As there is one on Vancouver Island, incidentally. These trails apparently each have their unique challenges. The Alley Cat is great!!

    Warm regards JR

    1. Yes, it’s the Milford Trail. We might walk a bit of it. Thanks for kind words.

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