Lake Ohau Alpine Village
Lake Ohau is a glacial lake on the boundary of Otago and Canterbury, in the South Island of New Zealand. The village is on the shore of Lake Ohau and next to the smaller Lake Middleton. It is a small settlement with no shops, other than a lodge which serves dinner. From the house there are views of the mountain ranges and the lake.
Getting to-and-from Lake Ohau Getaway
Lake Ohau is 4 hours south of Christchurch (320km), and 3 hours north of Queenstown (275km). Turn off the main highway 8, halfway between Twizel and Omarama.
For an enjoyable round-trip, you can fly into one airport and out the other (Christchurch/Queenstown). This way you can drive through the Mackenzie Country, have lunch & wine at an Otago vineyard, experience Wanaka and other special areas of the South Island.
Twizel & Omarama
Twizel has a supermarket, cafes and restaurants, including Shawty's, Poppies and the Musterers Hut. There is also a pharmacy, hardware store, clothes shops, post office, petrol station and other necessities. Omarama has a pub, a smaller supermarket, petrol station, an antique store and hot pools.
Things to do
- In the house: Relax by the fireplace with lake & mountain views. There is wifi and a small bluetooth stereo. Click here to read about & see the house.
- Skiing: Ohau has its own skifield, visible from the house. The access road is 5minutes away. No lift lines, great food and extensive lake & mountain views. The American & Austrian ski teams train here! The ski field caters for all abilities with a chairlift, platter and T-bar. Click here for more information on skiing at Ohau.
- Cycling: Ohau Escape is the perfect place to stay if you're visiting for mountain biking. There are numerous trails for all abilities, including the newly developed Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail. Click here for more information. You can hire all equiptment and arrange to be picked up & dropped off from the house.
- Hot Pools: Outdoor personal wood-fired hot tubs. Soak in fresh mountain water while absorbing the lake views. Click here to visit the Omarama Hot Tub website.
- Aerial attractions: Mackenzie Country is famous for aerial attractions: Gliding, aerial sight-seeing, helicopter rides and fixed-wing glacier landings. Click here to read & see more.
- Fishing: Lake Ohau has rainbow trout, brown trout and salmon. Click here for more information on fishing on the lake. The Mackenzie Country canals are famous for huge trout, some over 30 pounds! Click here to find out more about the canal fishing.
- Hiking/Walking: There are many wonderful walks & hikes accessible from Ohau Escape, including the 1 hour Temple View walk or the full day Ben Ohau summit. Click here for more information about walking/hiking/tracks in Ohau.
- Star viewing & photography: The Mackenzie country is a World Heritage dark-sky reserve, said to be one of the best star-gazing sites on earth. There are only eight of these reserves in the world, and this is the only one in the southern hemisphere. Read more about this dark-sky reserve.
- Rowing: The nearby Lake Ruataniwha is the host for Maadi Cup and other competitive rowing events. Rowers are welcome at Ohau Escape.
- Water-activities: Lake Middleton is a small lake right next to the village. The water warms in summer. Activities include swimming, canoeing and water-skiing.
- Salmon Farm: There is a salmon farm in-between Twizel & Ohau. Feed the fish, eat at the cafe or buy fresh salmon. Click here to read about the salmon farm.