Some time back Thecartoonist.net was called on to provide a map for the guests at Taitapu’s luxury Hotel, Otahuna Lodge.
I haven’t looked lately, but this place was popping up on lists for the elite all over the world. If I recall it won top awards in one of those tasty foreign magazines that wealthy folks look at. …The ones they peruse to decide where they’ll go in the world today to sup and dine.
Google shows faded photos of Victorian ladies swanning amongst the Daffodils too, quite the place then as now, 120 years on.
The driveway and spreading oak appeared in one of Peter Jackson’s films, but he wasn’t there when I visited. Later a smaller map was commissioned to help folks find their way THERE… The area around Tai Tapu has delicious, oak-lined and winding country roads, but a “turn left at the lights” doesn’t quite cut it in these surroundings. A party in Australia had the place booked for a wedding, so we embellished their invitations with a sort of “caricature” of the place.
The INSIDE of the place is incredible, crafted woods restored to pristine freshness. If I ever owned a mansion I would hope it looks like this place…