Ohau Lodging Options

Lake Ohau Lodge

Staying at the Lake Ohau Lodge is an essential part of any Ohau ski experience. It has the room quality, gourmet food, service and hospitality you’d expect of a hotel, yet it has the friendly skiwi social atmosphere and traditional feel of a ski lodge.

Where is the Lake Ohau Lodge?

The lodge is located on the shores of the gorgeous Lake Ohau. Many parts of the lodge overlook the lake and the mountains including the “real” Big Mama, Mt Cook. The Lake Ohau Lodge is located at the bottom of the access road to the Ohau ski field, which is 9.6km (15 mins) up the mountain. Lake Ohau Lodge is 35km from the little town of Twizel and 91km from the township of Lake Tekapo.

There are no shuttle buses or public transport options to get to the lodge.

Ohau Lodge Rooms

The Lake Ohau Lodge has various wings that house 72 rooms or suites. There are four standards of accommodation and room configurations include queen rooms, twin rooms, triples, or a double with a bunk. All rooms have ensuite bathrooms.

Upper South Temple Wing:

  • Deluxe rooms
  • Queen beds with ensuite and central heating
  • These upstairs rooms offer the best views from the balcony across Lake Ohau and to Mt Cook

Temple Wing:

  • Queen bed and single or bunk bed
  • Ground floor rooms with views of Lake Ohau and Mt Cook

Maitland Wing

  • Queens, twins and triple rooms with ensuite
  • Simple yet very comfortable accommodation

Huxley Wing

  • Double/twin rooms or quad rooms with bunks and ensuite

Considering the quality of accommodation, the delightful multi-course meals and attentive hospitality (and no chores!), the rates are very reasonable.

Lodge Facilities & Services

In addition to the dining area and bar (see below), another common area is a delightful lounge room with comfortable couches in which to curl up to read a book or watch tellie. The lodge also has a games room where you can fight it out in a table tennis tournament.

The pièce de résistance of the lodge is the hot tubs. This is where much fun and frivolity occurs and you can take in the views and a beer (or three) simultaneously. The only downside to the hot tubs is that they are just below the dining area in very public view, so you’d want to feel very comfortable with the way you look in togs!

The lodge has wireless internet access for a small charge. Free convenient parking is available and discounted lift passes are on offer for guests.

Dining/Bar

The bar opens at 4pm for a little après activity. It gets livelier when the kids are having dinner and the parents come in for some adults-only time, and the bar then fires up again after dinner. The bar has a jukebox, pool table, and plenty of atmosphere.

Meals are served in the dining area at large communal tables, so it’s a great opportunity to meet new friends. Dinner is a reasonably grand three course affair. Major compliments to the chef! Breakfast is pretty good too with plenty of continental and hot cooked items on offer. You certainly won’t starve at the Lake Ohau Lodge!

Why Stay at the Lake Ohau Lodge?

It’s not surprising that the lodge commonly gets booked out on the weekends during winter. Mike and Louise do a fabulous job of providing a high level of accommodation whilst retaining the traditional soul of a ski lodge. (When you stay there check out the “soap on a rope” concept in the common bathrooms that’s been there for 20 years plus – this will give you a sense of the tradition of the place!).

There are a myriad of other great reasons to stay at the lodge including wonderful hospitality, a very social atmosphere, family friendliness, discounts on lift tickets, yummy food, awesome views and good value for money.

Other Ohau Accommodation Options

Lake Ohau Alpine Village is just a little way down the road from the Lake Ohau Lodge (towards the highway). The village doesn’t have any shops or the like. It consists of various houses, a few of which are available to rent, and the Lake Ohau Homestay B&B.

It’s also possible to stay in Twizel, Lake Tekapo hotels or the Mt Cook village, but you’ll miss out on the Ohau Lodge skiwi experience! The Mt Cook village is 109km from the ski field whilst Lake Tekapo is 101km away. These options are probably OK to do a day trip to Ohau ski field, but considering the commutes required they wouldn’t be ideal for a multi-day Ohau ski holiday.

Our Review of Lake Ohau Lodge - 2010

Oh How This is a Great Lodge
Considering that Ohau is just a small ski field and somewhat like a New Zealand club field, I had conjured up thoughts of this “lodge accommodation” being like club field accommodation – basic lodging with bunks and dormitories, chores, and simple food. However my pre-conceived ideas about Lake Ohau Lodge couldn’t have been further from the truth. It’s a far cry from club field accommodation and more like a hotel. It’s got the best of both worlds; the facilities, food and hospitality of a hotel combined with the friendliness and skiwi traditions of club field accommodation. And importantly you don’t have to do any chores!

We stayed in a delightful room in the Upper Temple Wing (the deluxe standard of accommodation) with a queen bed and stunning views of Lake Ohau and Mt Cook. Whilst the décor would not be described as opulent, the quality of the furnishings was definitely of a high standard. The room had a huge wardrobe and nice “extras” such as tea and coffee making facilities and a hairdryer.

The lodge caters to a range of budgets, and the rates are very reasonable (especially when you compare it to club field accommodation) considering the quality of the accommodation and meals. Other pros include the delightful views, the family friendliness of the lodge, and a really sociable vibe.

Our Review - 2015

On our second stay at the Lake Ohau Lodge we stayed in the Maitland Wing. Whilst not the deluxe lodgings that can be found in the Upper Temple Wing, the room was very comfortable and we were impressed with the value for money. We were also noticed the emphasis that is placed on cleaning of both the rooms and the common areas.

Our stay reinforced that this lodge is a rather special place to stay and it’s half the reason that Ohau is such a gem. It has some similarities to the great vibe of staying at an Alta lodge or at the Portillo Hotel, except that the lodge isn’t ski-in ski-out and Ohau is a fraction of the cost.
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