Ohau, as part of the Ohau Range in the Main Divide, is endowed with reliable snowfall and fine weather. Ohau is serviced by a double chairlift, a platter and a snow mat. The main trails are groomed regularly. ‘The Boulevard’ offers learners and intermediates an easy and fun skiing or snowboarding experience from the top of the chairlift down to the base facilities. The chairlift also provides access to a wide variety of slopes suitably challenging for experts and exciting for intermediates.The platter lift area suits the developing beginner with some small terrain features added for fun this year.A very gentle slope with a snow mat, is ideal for children and beginners and right beside the Day Lodge when they need a hot chocolate or a break in front of the fire.
- 1 Location
- 2 Pros
- 3 Cons
- 4 Contacts
- 5 Planning
- 6 Resort Facilities
- 7 Ride Guide
- 8 Other
- 9 Resources
Ohau Snowfields (O-how) is located 3.5 hours from the city of Christchurch on the South Island of NZ.
The fastest route to Ohau is to via State Highway (SH) 1 South, turning onto SH8 towards Fairlie at Tamuka. The views from the highway are stunning with local highlights such as Mt Cook National Park, the Southern Alps Hydro Canals and Lake Tekapo Village. The turnoff to Lake Ohau is located 17km South of Twizel.
Ohau snowfields is situated in in the Ohau range and overlooks Lake Ohau. Lake Ohau Lodge is located at the base of the ski road. A 20 minute drive along a 9.5 km stretch of picturesque metal access road really meandres its way up to the ski field. Care should be taken on the bends. A sign warns where chains should be put on (if icey).
- Reliable Snow
- Staff are very friendly and helpful
- Tickes and ski hire are a reasonable price
- The view from anywhere on the hill is spectacular
- New snowmaking system
- Can be very windy on the hill from time to time
- Book ahead should you fancy staying at Lake Ohau Lodge, as it's very popular!
Phone/Fax: +64 3 438 9885
Postal: Ohau Snow Fields and Lake Ohau Lodge
PO Box 51, TWIZEL 7944 New Zealand
Not Available (Lake Ohau Lodge located 20 minutes down ski road).
- 72 room lodge (4 accommodation standards) located 15 minutes from ski area on the shores of Lake Ohau (View Lodge). Facilities include: Bar, Restaurant, Games Room & Hot Tubs. Family friendly atmosphere.
- Various B&B and rental properties (View Properties) located 20 minutes from ski area in Lake Ohau Village.
Adults, children & student prices. Season passes available. See Ohau website for latest pricing.
Yes. Programs include: private & group tuition, women's days, mountain awareness training, kids school-holiday programs (half price).
Yes. 220 sets of Head Skis. Salomon Boots. 40 Burton Snowboards.
Lake Ohau Lodge - High country cuisine (3 course fair) High mountain cafe - Lunch items, fresh coffee Twizel - local restaurants (Thai, Fish and Chips, Indian)
Bars & Entertainment
Lake Ohau Lodge
Lodge and snowfields cater for children and families.
The ski area is serviced by one Double Chair a poma and a magic carpet.
Yes, top to bottom
Trail map: Click Here
Out of Bounds
Up to 600 hectares of skiable terrain, accessed by a short hike from the top of the chairlift.
Parks & Pipes
The terrain is spectacular and has a little something for every level of rider.
No dedicated bump runs.
Being located on the big mountains of the great divide, Ohau Snowfields often gets hit by large storms. Powder is common at Ohau and often light and dry. The small crowds ensures fresh tracks for days.
Latest weather / snow report can be found: Here
Snowcams can be found:Here