Lake Ohau

Lake Ohau - holiday activities and surrounding areas

Climbing Ben OhauClimbing Ben OhauLake Ohau Area

Walking, hiking, tramping, and climbing

Mackenzie Country and Waitaki Valley

Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park

Hiking New Zealand provides a full range of hiking options from small group, 10-day Hiking Safaris, which involve camping and overnight hikes, to the guided Ball Pass Alpine Trek and Milford Track.

Fishing and hunting

Fish and Game - Trout and Salmon Fishing

Otago Fishing

The region of Lake Ohau

Skiing, skating, tubing, and/or snowboarding

Snowfields in New Zealand

Lake Ohau snowfield

Tekapo skating

Tekapo tubing

Night Photography/Astrophotography


Fraser Gunn Astrophotography

Rowing, kayaking, and sailing

Sailing, kayaking, and water sports - Lake Middleton

Rowing -Lake Ruataniwha, Twizel is an international rowing venue (Maadi Cup)

From the deck of Ohau House, Lake Ohau

Wining, dining, cooking, shopping and services

High quality local produce (e.g., lamb, cervana venison, apples, apricots, peaches, nectarines and freshwater crayfish from Central Otago, NZ yams and kumara, strawberries from Waimate, NZ tamarillos, fresh salmon from Benmore, Mt Cook Salmon Farm and High Country Salmon.

Shops for tourists at Mt Cook (Hermitage), Omarama and Tarras stock NZ clothing (especially, merino and possum) and commercial souvenirs.

The Swordmaker of Ohau lives in Lake Ohau Alpine Village. He totally handcrafts extremely fine swords from recycled wood. The swords are authentic replicas of sword types used in the medieval period. Each sword is unique, a one-off, finished to the highest standard for display as a beautiful and decorative piece of art. While you are staying at Ohau House, visit the swordmaker and see his swords at 21 Ohau Drive.

Twizel and Omarama are the closest towns for buying provisions. Both towns have supermarkets, garages for petrol, cafes, restaurants, hotels and shops for tourists. It is possible to purchase local wine and also dine at Clay Cliffs Estate in Omarama. On State Highway 8 between Twizel and Ohau House, fresh salmon can be purchased at Benmore Salmon Farm. At Lake Ohau Lodge (5 km from Ohau House), it is possible to dine with house guests.

Medical and Pharmacy Services are available at Twizel

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Lake Ohau region - Lake Ohau skifield, Northern Lake Ohau and Temple Valley, Ben Ohau Range and Northern Lake Ohau, Twizel, Omarama, Claycliffs, Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo

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Waitaki Valley, Kurow, and Oamaru

Central Otago: Tarras, Cromwell, and Wanaka

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Lord of the Rings filming locations - Arrowtown, Queenstown and Glenorchy

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