Ohau Snow Fields




42km south of Twizel on Highway 8 is the turn off to Lake Ohau. From the turn off there is a 20km sealed road to, and around the lake to the ski field access road. The alpine road is a 9.6km unsealed road to the car park. The Lake Ohau Lodge at the base of the access road, on the shores of Lake Ohau is well worth a stay. It is a great stop over half way between Christchurch and Queenstown.

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Ohau Snow Fields, Contact

Web: www.ohau.co.nz
Phone: +64 3 4389885
Mail: 2295 Lake Ohau Road, PO Box 51, TWIZEL 7944, New Zealand

Late June to Late September

Small commercial ski field, privately owned by the Neilson family.

Lift Info

Total: 3

  • 1 Chairlift - 795 skiers/hour
  • 1 Platter - 400 skiers/hour
  • 1 Snow Matt - 1,100 skiers/hour

Snow Stats



Yes, including one winch cat snow groomer.


23 Techno Alpin A30 lances (air water snow guns) from Top of Chair down Craig's Way, Top Flat, Boulevard, Cafe By-Pass and both learners' slopes.

Terrain Park

Ohau have 2 Terrain Parks - 1 for beginners and 1 for intermediate/advanced with lots of features. A winch cat was purchased last year to assist with Terrain Park construction.

Restaurants & Cafes

Day Lodge with log burner, big tables, cafeteria with good food, espresso coffee and souvenir shop.

Rental Equipment

220 sets of Head skis. Salomon Boots. 40 Burton Snowboards with soft bindings.



Mountain Shuttle

ACCESS - Shuttle bus operates once per day returning when field is closed

Bus departs from the Ohau Lodge at 9.15am
Adult $19 Student $12 Child $12

Snowco supports;


Chain Hire

Chain Hire $20.00 or fitted by Ohau staff $25.00

  • Base Altitude

    1425 m

  • Highest Altitude

    1825 m

  • Vertical Drop

    400 m

  • Skiable Area

    125 Ha

  • Annual Snowfall


  • Average Snow Depth

    94 cm

About Ohau Snow Fields

As part of the Ohau Range in the Main Divide, Ohau Snow Fields is endowed with reliable snowfall and fine weather. The mountain is serviced by a double chairlift, a platter and a snow mat. The main trails are groomed regularly and there is a fully automated 23 gun Techno Alpin snowmaking system which covers the main trail down the mountain.

‘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. A very gentle slope with snow mat is ideal for children and beginners while the platter lift is more exciting for the developing beginner.

The vertical rise on the chairlift is 345 m and the length 920 m. It gives access to a variety of terrain from wide open intermediate slopes to extreme chutes. Ohau Snow Fields is an off piste heaven with plenty of challenging terrain and good hiking to access the wide open powder bowls from the ridge line.

Riding at Ohau is not just a day's riding. Some would say unless you've spent a day at Ohau AND a night in the Lake Ohau Lodge, you've yet to experience the best of what skiing is in New Zealand.

"Ohau is where people are important. Having skied down to the chair lift from the car park their liftie will advise you where the best runs are and they will be checking on your next run to see if they was right."If you have ever had a lesson at Ohau you will know that even though your lesson is over your instructor will still be reminding you across the slopes to keep your body facing down the mountain or to keep your hands forward as you pass by - the lesson didn't stop after you had paid for your hours instruction.

Because the're small, the're a personal place.

Photo Gallery

Looking across the Shirtfront at the chairlift.

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Promo Video