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Mainholm Country Lodge, Tapanui, New Zealand

by Gaycation Magazine

Historic Mainholm Country Lodge

Tapanui is a picturesque town in West Otago close to the boundary with the Southland region. A forestry town, it lies between the foot of the Blue Mountains and the Pomahaka River. Deer stalking and trout fishing are popular pastimes of the area. In New Zealand the name Tapanui is closely associated with the mysterious ailment chronic fatigue syndrome, which—until it became an accepted ailment—rejoiced in the nickname of “Tapanui ‘flu”. The doctor who first documented the rise of the condition in New Zealand was based in the town.

Grand Entrance

Mainholm boasts many local attractions including:

  • Fly fishing on the world famous Pomahaka, Mataura and Waipahi rivers
  • Hunting in the native bush gullies for deer and wild pig
  • Golf at Tapanui & Clinton
  • Bush walking and native bird watching in the Blue Mountains including the rare Mohua (bush canary)
  • The lighthouse and sea wildlife at Nugget Point
  • Landslip Hill is a nearby fossil-bearing geological feature.

Grand Dininig Room

Mainholm Country Lodge in Tapanui is Sandi and Graham’s lovingly restored Victorian homestead in the heart of New Zealand’s South Island. Mainholm was originally built as a grand family home in 1908, was the star of a New Zealand feature film in 1990, and now provides luxury 4.5 star-rated accommodation and easy style fine dining. In an area of New Zealand renowned for its breathtaking scenery, Mainholm Lodge is ideally located for exploring this beautiful country. Queenstown, Wanaka, Dunedin, the wineries of Central Otago, Lord of the Rings country, and The Catlins are all within easy driving distance.

The beautiful grounds, sauna, and library provide the ideal chance to sit back and unwind if you are after an altogether more relaxing break. The grand, elegant décor in Mainholm Lodge provides the perfect backdrop for the very popular restaurant open to guests and the public. The crystal chandelier-ed banquet room is perfect for that special occasion, the dining room for smaller groups and cosy dinners for two. Mainholm is a special place to relax and enjoy first class accommodation whilst exploring this region of New Zealand. Located near the township of Tapanui the Lodge is easily accessible from Dunedin Airport.

This luxury accommodation is perfect for relaxing and unwinding. Mainholm Lodge has four large, character bedrooms, all of which have stunning views. Each room is individually decorated, with tall ceilings, original fireplaces and large windows typical of the late Victorian period.

The Chippendale Four Poster Suite:
This stunning room comes complete with a king-size four poster bed, a beautiful roll-top bath, countryside views and en-suite bathroom. The plush décor is sumptuous and perfect for honeymoons and indulgent, romantic breaks.

Four Poster Style

The Returning Room:
This room was a star of the feature film ‘The Returning’. The room faces north, has an en-suite shower room, king-size bed, walk in closet and a beautiful view of the mountains.

Victorian Room:
The Victorian room features a brass Victorian-style queen-size bed plus a single bed. The room has a wash basin/vanity unit, views over the Blue Mountains and soaks up the morning sun.

The Edwardian Room:
The Edwardian room boasts a mahogany and ebony inlaid, genuine English Edwardian bed. The room has a wash basin/vanity unit and lovely mountain views.

Spacious Bedrooms

All rooms have tea/coffee making facilities and hairdryers, plus a TV and DVD player and use of the extensive DVD library. Bath robes and towels are provided for all guests.

Tapanui, on State Highway 90, is situated on the edge of the forest at the base of the Blue Mountains. This attractive town—population 900—is surrounded by the gently rolling and intense green farmland of West Otago. Chat to the local folk, they are friendly and will welcome you. Take time for a round or two of golf at the excellent country golf course, visit the well known Blue Mountain Nurseries, enjoy a latte at the local café, or wander through the Vintage Machinery Museum. Tapanui is ideally situated for taking day trips to the southern scenic attractions including The Catlins, The South Coast, Fiordland, The Lakes District, and Central Otago.

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