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2295 Lake Ohau Road P O Box 51, 7944 New Zealand
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#1 of 2 Speciality lodging in Lake Ohau
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A 72 unit Lodge with warm, centrally heated, comfortable accommodation on the shore of Lake Ohau with views of Glen Mary Glacier, Aoraki Mt Cook and the Ben Ohau Range. Facilities include restaurant, bar, games room, spa pools and drying room. Staying at the Lake Ohau Lodge will complete a unique and truly memorable South Island skiing experience.
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Highchairs available
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Ski school
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Sun deck
Sun terrace
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2295 Lake Ohau Road P O Box 51, 7944 New Zealand
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DonnaBerry wrote a review Aug 2020
Hamilton, New Zealand42 contributions11 helpful votes
We really loved our trip to Ohau. We stayed in the Maitland wind, and the rooms were nothing fancy, but clean and perfectly adequate. They were also very warm. It is the lodge as a whole that makes this place so special though! The communal dining meant that we were bumping into people on the mountain that we had dinner with the night before. Such a lovely experience. The food was also excellent and the staff helpful. I do think they have Contiki type groups through (during normal times) and I am not sure what the lodge would be like with this type of atmosphere. There was a birthday group there on our second night who were a bit rowdy and the dinner definitely wasn't as enjoyable that night - so I imagine with a bigger group it would really feel like they had taken over the
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Date of stay: August 2020
Response from Louise Neilson, Owner at Lake Ohau Lodge
Responded 22 Aug 2020
Oh no! You got stuck up the valley? I have to share with you that husband Mike once gave me a Christmas present of a book on how to drive 4WD after I had a similar experience. The present did not go down well! From that though I realised that the valley cannot be taken lightly and that it is always best to go with 2 vehicles. I'm so so glad that you enjoyed your stay and that you appreciated the cosiness of the Maitland wing, having renovated that 2 years ago,it has really made a difference. Also that you loved the food and our great staff. Yes, when we have various groups through, it can be challenging to make sure that everyone enjoys their experience but we do a LOT of planning, usually a week ahead to see how this can be achieved. We did have 2 big birthday celebrations here recently which will be the night you are referring to. One was a 30th and one a 40th and what I absolutely loved about it was that they met up beforehand and planned it together which definitely enhanced their night but I'm sorry if it seemed a bit rowdy. We did have them in the bar so that it didn't affect our other guests but groups by nature can get a bit carried away! As to the carpet, I couldn't believe that comment either. Well, tastes are different. I absolutely love it too and get many nice compliments on it. Thank you for writing. Kindest regards Louise
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kiwi-traveller-PS wrote a review Aug 2020
Wellington, New Zealand768 contributions310 helpful votes
A real kiwi experience - friendly staff, nice rooms, good evening meals, well priced wine and a small but good selection of beers - the communal nature of the meals and fire side couches means you meet and make new friends Really enjoyed the post skiing spas out on the outside deck - the jugs of IPA went down a treat.
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Response from Louise Neilson, Owner at Lake Ohau Lodge
Responded 22 Aug 2020
Haha that 3 Boys IPA on tap is pretty popular. Songs have even been written about it!! Our aim was never to change that communal atmosphere that we enjoyed when we came to live here 30 years ago. We too loved the friendships that have arisen from sharing tables with others or meeting in front of the fire, in the bar, out on the deck or even in the spa pool! Thank you so much for writing and look forward to seeing you again. Kind regards Louise
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JN_NZ_123 wrote a review Aug 2020
Indonesia7 contributions5 helpful votes
I booked a group of 18 people on an overnight ski trip. I had so many different requirements within the group - nothing was a problem. Service was efficient at checkin and checkout, and the staff were really friendly at dinner. Everyone was impressed with the food and we loved the laid back, kiwi charm of the lodge. We had a range of abilities up the mountain but everyone enjoyed it, and are looking forward to coming back. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: July 2020
Response from Louise Neilson, Owner at Lake Ohau Lodge
Responded 22 Aug 2020
Thank you so much for that really generous review. We have a really lovely team of people working with us this winter. We are so lucky to have an outstanding kitchen crew this season, 4 amazing Chefs and 2 never say die kitchen hands. We have 3 extremely hard working and warm receptionists, a team of 7 fabulously friendly and professional wait staff, 2 awesome bar people, 9 conscientious housekeepers and 2 maintenance men. One grumpy.. Mark who has been here forever, and one not!! So, we have a great team and it is really great to read that you appreciated this and that you loved the atmosphere and the mountain. Look forward to having you to stay with us again I hope. Kindest regards Louise
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StridingJ wrote a review Jul 2020
England66 contributions28 helpful votes
We love this marvellous place. We were here on honeymoon 44 years ago and it has lost nothing of its unique appeal as a family ski lodge or summer destination. The rooms are fine, spacious, plentiful hot water, comfortable beds, nice outlook. A roaring wood fire greeted us, as did host Mike, in the lounge. We were there a week before school holidays and the opening of the ski field. I hope it went well for them. They deserve all the support they can get in these difficult times.
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Date of stay: July 2020
Response from Louise Neilson, Owner at Lake Ohau Lodge
Responded 22 Aug 2020
Thank you, thank you, thank you! We are so grateful that you recognise what we know is a marvellous place too. We have lived here for 30 years now running the Lodge plus the Ohau Snowfields in winter. When we came here it had been left without any love for some time but we loved it. We loved it's family friendliness and it's Kiwi hospitality so we have carried on with that working to realise it's potential and maintaining the friendliness was SO important. We have been truly supported by New Zealanders this winter and it's quite humbling the lovely comments that we have received. Thank you and look forward to seeing you again. Warm regards Louise
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KlareKrazyKiwi wrote a review Jun 2020
Clyde, New Zealand11 contributions9 helpful votes
Great kiwi hospitality, wonderful, friendly staff. Unfortunately that is the only thing that kept this rating at average. At $155 per person, I would have expected a bit more. The rooms are very dated, with a very strange bed setup, cracking plaster in the shower, no tea/coffee and no wifi options. The dinner was pleasant and tasty enough, as was breakfast. We had to park in front of the room, so there was no view to enjoy, which was a major draw-card for booking this place. This place has so much potential, but needs a bit of a face-lift to continue charging these prices!
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Date of stay: June 2020
Response from Louise Neilson, Owner at Lake Ohau Lodge
Responded 22 Aug 2020
Hi there and thank you very much for your review. We really have the most beautiful raft of staff this season, I could not be more proud of how they have represented us. You were staying in the Temple wing and we inherited this bed set up and decided to leave it as it is part of the "70's" character of the place. There are some inconveniences of this but it is quite nice to have that divider for families or those who are twin share. Some of the plaster has cracked in the bathrooms. I understand that it could be a problem but they were only recently renovated and other than the odd crack are very clean and we think quite beautiful. There is tea and coffee in your room, it is in the cupboard. WiFi is available in the public areas only. As Telecom did not provide us with any WiFi, we had to put in what was a very expensive system for us. It is limited and we are sorry for the inconvenience. You do not HAVE to park in front of your rooms because you are right, the view is so stunning. Guests are welcome to drop off their bags and then park at the back of the Lodge but in the end, most guests just prefer the convenience of leaving their car outside. $155 per person is for dinner, bed and breakfast. This includes a top class 3 course meal, spacious accommodation with that stunning view and then a continental and cooked breakfast. We don't think these prices are exhorbitant. We love it that you recognise the potential. There are only two of us, Mike and I running this place and we do the best we can. We very much hope to see you again. Kindest regards Louise
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