NZ’s Lake Ōhau Lodge & Ōhau Snow Fields Can Now Be Yours
— Updated on 10 August 2023

NZ’s Lake Ōhau Lodge & Ōhau Snow Fields Can Now Be Yours

— Updated on 10 August 2023
James Want
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James Want

Opportunities to own a private ski resort with over 145 hectares of skiable terrain — which is home to both the US and Norwegian ski teams in the off-season — don’t come around often, thus the sale of Lake Ōhau Lodge & Ōhau Snow Fields required a “run don’t walk” PSA.

Located in the heart of New Zealand’s South Island in Mackenzie Country, just a 2.5-hour drive from Queenstown, Lake Ōhau Lodge opened in 1951 with thirty bedrooms, a dining room, and a lounge; all of which remain part of the now 72-room property.

Four different styles of accommodation, across five wings, enjoy expansive views over Lake Ōhau, Hopkins Valley, and beyond to Aoraki/Mount Cook, alongside a casual restaurant and bar renowned for its outstanding food and après atmosphere.

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15 minutes from the doorstep of the Lodge are the Ōhau Snow Fields, revered as one of New Zealand’s best-advanced mountain skiing destinations. Situated between 1,425 metres and 1,925 metres, the fields boast an array of skiing and touring options catering for all abilities, providing a vertical drop of nearly 400 metres from the top of the chairlift and 500 metres from the ridgeline.

Alongside the 145 hectares plus of skiable terrain, bidders will also secure a host of amenities to facilitate an epic day on the slopes including:

  • Café Dining Hut
  • Snow Hire Hut
  • Ticket Office
  • 1 x Double Chairlift (795 skiers per hour)
  • 1 x Platter (400 skiers per hour)
  • 1 x Snow Mat (1,000 skiers per hour)
  • 30 x TechnoAlpin Snowmaking machines

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Aspiring luxury lodge owners will also be drawn to Ōhau’s 10 hectares of freehold lakeside title zoned for accommodation, presenting the perfect opportunity to build additional accommodations to capitalise on the well-heeled fishing elite who are exhausted of Huka Lodge or The Farm at Cape Kidnappers.

To cater to said clientele, the sale also provides air access through an exclusive permit to use a 600-metre private airstrip located a kilometre from Lake Ōhau Lodge.

Owned and operated by Mike and Louise Neilson since 1990, Lake Ōhau Lodge & Ōhau Snow Fields presents a unique opportunity to own a very special piece of land, with an enviable lifestyle business attached.

Lake Ōhau Lodge & Ōhau Snow Fields are now offered for sale. Expressions of Interest close Thursday, September 7 at 5 PM (NZST).

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James Want
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James is the co-founder of Luxity Media and managing editor of Boss Hunting and B.H. Magazine. He has more than twelve years experience writing, photographing, producing, and publishing both earned and paid content in the men's lifestyle space.

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