Historic New Zealand Hotel Reopens Following Earthquake

New Zealand's historic Otahuna Lodge reopened to guests today following a four-month closure caused by the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that rocked Christchurch and the surrounding area on Sept. 4, 2010.

The 115-year old manor house sustained significant damages, primarily to its 11 original chimneys, some which tower more than 20 feet above the roofline. All of the chimneys, which accommodate the property's 17 original working fireplaces, have been rebuilt to replicate the profiles of their ornate Victorian predecessors and comply with the most advanced seismic code standards. Interior walls have also been re-plastered, re-painted and re-wallpapered. The seven-room historic Lodge, located 20 miles from downtown Christchurch, suffered the most extensive damage of any Christchurch hotel.

"More than 40 tradesmen, engineers and architects have been diligently working to restore Otahuna since the Quake hit," said co-owner Hall Cannon. "We were fortunate that no structural damage to the Lodge occurred."

Originally built in 1895 by Sir Heaton Rhodes, Otahuna is the largest private residence in New Zealand and is regarded as the finest example of Queen Anne architecture in Australasia. During its 110 year history, the Lodge has served as private home, a teaching seminary and a luxury hotel. Today, it is a member of Relais & Châteaux.

Visit www.otahuna.co.nz.

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