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Otahuna Lodge in New Zealand

Americans Hall Cannon and Miles Refo have restored Otahuna Lodge to its previous splendor. Originally built in 1895 the property holds a Category 1 Listing from New Zealand’s National Historic Places Trust and is acclaimed as the best example of Queen Anne architecture in Australasia. Built on 30 acres of ground the lodge maintains a a romantic British Colonial sensibility through its historic Queen Anne architecture and intimate size. Paul chats with Hall Cannon about the restoration and the reputation the lodge as achieved in just a few years.

The gardens are among Otahuna’s great achievements. They have been restored and contain an orchard with peach, pear, plum, quince, walnut and hazelnut trees; a ½ acre potager (vegetable garden); a mushroom garden; a rose garden; a Dutch Garden and a field that blooms with millions of daffodils each September. The original gardens were designed by garden designer, A.E. Lowe, who trained at Kew Gardens in London.