A holiday is only a holiday when everyone is relaxed. At Lake Ohau Lodge itís easy. We offer a dinner, bed and breakfast package in 4 standards of accommodation to suit all budgets. The kids are fed early and afterwards while the parents are dining they can go and watch a DVD, play ping pong or have a spa while hanging out with their new buddies met at the kidís dinner.
On the mountain, only 15 minutes drive away, the Award winning fabulous snow school instructors will take your children for fun filled lessons. What else is needed? There is a cafť on the mountain serving reasonably priced tasty food and espresso. All you have to do is make sure you have fun with your family.
Weíre a bit stuck in the ď60ísĒ but in the best possible way offering old fashioned fun, slow cooked delicious food and warm and friendly high country hospitality. Lake Ohau Lodge and Ohau Snow Fields is unique and itís kiwi.
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The Lodge in Winter
During the winter, especially in the holidays and weekends we have lots of families to stay with us. The atmosphere is very friendly and people are very sociable and easy.
Early dining for kids
The 6pm early dining time for children means that the children are taken care of and you can relax over a drink in the bar next door - if everyone is happy with that and if not, youíre not far away! We try to integrate children at dinner time so that they make friends. If the children are older they are usually happy to be with their mates, play ping pong or watch a DVD. If they are younger it might be time for them to have a bath and go to bed. The family rooms are close to the restaurant so that you can check on your young children easily or they can find you if need be!
The childrenís menu is a 2 course, no choice offering. If there are things your kids will not eat, we need to know ahead of time. We serve healthy meals, nothing deep fried and all mains offered with salad or vegetables. Things that we know kids like to eat such as spaghetti bolognaise, hamburgers, lasagna, pizza, chicken schnitzel, roast beef, fish and chips. For dessert it might be banana splits, pancakes, apple crumble and ice cream, ice cream and jelly or a fruit smoothie.If you would prefer your children to dine with you at the later adults dining time the meal will be a smaller portion of that menu. Sometimes we can save them the same kid's meals but this should be arranged with reception earlier in the day.
Check in early
It is good for you to check in between 4 and 5pm so that the children have time to check out the "lie of the land" before being sat with a whole heap of other kids. We have big long tables and can have up to 20 or 30 kids all eating together at times and it's lots of fun if kids know what to expect.
At the Lodge we have a games room with ping pong and bean bags for hanging out. There is a "secret cupboard" full of old school lego, blocks, books, crayons and puzzles. We have a good kids DVD collection and get a show of hands for the DVD to be played after dinner. There is also a spa pool so bring your togs!
The plan for adults!
Dinner for adults starts at 7pm but if you are putting kids to bed arrange a time that suits with reception. When your kids are sorted and it is time for you to relax, we have a plan! Our tables seat 6-8 people so you will be asked what time you would like to dine and will be seated with others. When our guests check in we make a dining plan, seating guests with others we think they will enjoy sitting with! It obviously works by the number of people we see staying and chatting afterwards!
As mentioned our food is delicious, we have a comprehensive wine list and you can expect an enjoyable evening.
Breakfast is served from 8-9.30 and itís a family time all sitting together. There is a buffet of fruits and cereals to help yourself to then everyone is offered a hot cooked breakfast.
House Guest Special Packages!!
In the morning, pick up a voucher from reception that offers a discounted lift pass for those using the chairlift ($63 adults and $25 Youth/Child). This voucher is exchanged at the ticket office for your lift pass and goes on your Lodge room account.
Ohau Snow School Mountain Goats programme
We also have a Snow School with wonderful instructors who love children!!! The Mountain Goats Programme is very popular if you are staying for at least a couple of nights and would like to have your children receive fun instruction for information click here http://www.ohau.co.nz/ohau/mountaingoats/
On the mountain
There is a beautiful Mountain Day Lodge built of Oregon board and batten with a wide deck overlooking the Snow Field and also with views over the lake. The cafť serves reasonably priced food from pies, home made sandwiches, soups and hot dogs to delicious treats and espresso coffee. There are picnic tables outside for the sunny days or you can sit around handmade wooden tables and benches inside where thereís also a big log burner when you need to warm up.
In the rental shop there is a good range of modern skis, snowboards, boots, poles, clothing and helmets for all ages and sizes BUT if you are that person with a size 14 boot requirement, please check to see we can accommodate you.
The mountain is a safe place for kids. The chair lift accesses an easy trail which starts off very wide and flat at the top. We are not crowded, the staff are friendly and look out for everyone and because it is a bowl, no one can get lost.
Ohau has been voted for the 3rd time in a row the Supreme Award winner for the best service of any ski field in New Zealand. That is because we have the best and friendiest staff!