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Reviewed 1 February 2016 via mobile

My wife and I stayed here for one night on the Alps to Ocean bike trail. It's a sprawling old ski lodge, family owned, staffed with a cheerful cast of international travellers. The hosts are front and centre, checking everything works OK. I had bike problems and they were really helpful, lending tools and a landline when I couldn't use...

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LouiseNeilson, Owner at Lake Ohau Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking the time to write. Trying to find a few more kiwis to balance out our "cheerful cast of international travellers"!!! When we have a young tour in house, we do advise those who ask to be in the cheapest Hopkins wing which is near the bar or ask to be in the Maitland wing, we...

Leawood, Kansas
Reviewed 23 January 2016

Stayed at this relatively remote resort was a wonderful experience. To begin with, we were greeted by the owner (Louise) upon arrival. She was delightful and is very involved in the management of the hotel. The setting is spectacular, just along the shores of Lake Oahu with outstanding views of the snow capped mountains in the distance. who seems to...

Thank kstraveler81
LouiseNeilson, Owner at Lake Ohau Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. I'm so glad that you enjoyed your stay.

Reviewed 23 January 2016 via mobile

As part of the cycle journeys Alps 2 Ocean bike ride we had an opportunity to stay at Lodge. The lodge was nice and friendly and had magnificent views. The food was delicious and different in a good way. The spas were great for a cool day but unfortunately we were there on a hot day so they got really...

Thank Chris S
LouiseNeilson, Owner at Lake Ohau Lodge, responded to this review

We are loving all these cyclists!! Thank you for your review. I agree, our food is delicious and we try to incorporate in our set menus, something that is a bit different while still considering everyone's different tastes. You should have tried swimming in the lake. It's been amazingly warm lately.

Waikanae, Waikato, New Zealand
Reviewed 23 January 2016

We were in the Temple Wing, I stayed here as a child in the 70's & the room had not been updated since, but the bathrooms have been. Loved their whole concept, service and welcome, well organised & lovely people. Compliments to the chef, we found our meals to be of a very high standard. Love the view and area....

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LouiseNeilson, Owner at Lake Ohau Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for writing this review. We want to maintain our 70's vibe and hope, when we are able to do some revamping of the rooms that we can maintain that. Sorry, we will never put TVs in the rooms. We have one TV in the whole place and that is how it will stay. TVs encourage people to stay...

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 21 January 2016

Came part of a group tour The hostess made us feel welcome The lodge has beautiful view of lake and the mountains in background The room we stayed was basic but needed more plug points in my opinion Good for just a night's stay

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LouiseNeilson, Owner at Lake Ohau Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your thoughtful comments. Our rooms are decorated simply not to detract from the view and when this wing was originally built in the '70s it was before cell phone invention so not as many plugs as we would like. We are indeed so fortunate to live in this beautiful place.

Vienna, Austria
Reviewed 18 January 2016

On a four weeks long road trip around New Zealand I stopped here for a night when I biked the Alps2Ocean trail. From the moment I stepped in I had the feeling that everyone who works there wants me to feel at home. At the reception I was greeted with the words "Let me guess: You must be XY" and...

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LouiseNeilson, Owner at Lake Ohau Lodge, responded to this review

I hope you loved the A2O ride and I am so glad that you had the feeling of being at home as that is our whole mantra - to make our guests feel welcomed as you would a guest in your own home. Thank you for your time writing those lovely comments.

Reviewed 16 January 2016

This was a last minute booking with no idea about the location (the weather had changed dramatically to cold grey and wet). Our studio was comfortable but basic. We awoke to a magnificent view across the lake to snow capped mountains. We loved the place.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Reviewed 11 January 2016

This restaurant is perfectly situated looking over Lake Ohau to the mountains. A brilliant view if the weather is nice. It is a little tired but the people are wonderful and the food was really nice. Don't miss this place if you're nearby. The driveway is easy to miss but it does have a sign (but you will be looking...

1Thank KatePnz
LouiseNeilson, Owner at Lake Ohau Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. I'm glad that you appreciated the lovely staff that we have here along with the food and the views (it's good even when the weather is not nice!).

Napier, New Zealand
Reviewed 9 January 2016

As a girl from Taupo big lakes are nothing new for me, but Ohau flanked by mountain ranges is spectacular and everyday the view was different. Snow caps on first day, the amazing blue of the snow fed South Island lakes most of the week and white capped waves on our last day. All of this was viewed from the...

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LouiseNeilson, Owner at Lake Ohau Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We feel it is a privilege to live in these surroundings and it is wonderful that you got to see it in so many guises.

Jacksonville Beach, Florida
Reviewed 15 December 2015

We stayed here for the final night of our Top Deck tour - our room was lovely, overlooking Lake Ohau. We had a delcious dinner - our best of the trip and as it was Hallowe'en the hotel had organised a fancy dress party for us in the bar as both us and Contiki were staying there. I wish we...

1Thank Danni P
LouiseNeilson, Owner at Lake Ohau Lodge, responded to this review

We LOVE having Topdeck stay here. It's always fun! Thank you for your lovely comments.

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  • Hot Tub
  • Tennis Court
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Lake Ohau Lodge

Address: 2295 Lake Ohau Road | P O Box 51, 7944, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Lake Ohau
Price Range: $95 - $189 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Lake Ohau Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 62
Also Known As:
Lake Ohau Hotel Twizel
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“We were in the Huxley Wing, cheapest option, but it was perfectly fine, large comfortable and clean bedroom with huge bathroom.”
 of 5 bubbles Raewyn29, 18 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Room 80 is the closest to Lake Ohau with best views”
 of 5 bubbles HON1963, 27 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Try to keep away from school groups.”
 of 5 bubbles 352default, 9 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Views of the lake are an absolute winner!”
 of 5 bubbles , 11 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Ask for one with internal access to the lounge area. Top floor with a view of the lake.”
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