|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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|Theme||Luxury, Romantic, Wilderness, Away from it all, Lake, Mountain|
Description from the owner
Ohau House is a lake house in Lake Ohau Alpine Village with stunning views overlooking Lake Ohau - refer to Ohau House website for more photos and a detailed description of Ohau House, booking information, and activities available near Lake Ohau. Please note only weekly rentals (Friday to Friday)
Ohau House - lakehouse at Lake Ohau, New Zealand
Lake Ohau, South Island, New Zealand
Additional Location Information
Lake Ohau is 40 km from Twizel and 40 km from Omarama
Location Type Away from it all, Lake, Mountain
Rates shown in $ USD (Rental listed originally in NZD) (change)
|Rate Summary||$157||$157||$1,100||$0||7 nights|
|Weekly rate||-||-||$1,100||-||7 nights|
|All Other Dates||$157||$157||$1,100||-||7 nights|
|Can't find rates for your travel dates? Contact the owner|
Additional notes from owner
Weekly rate is NZD 1400 for 1-2 guests, NZD 1950 for 3-4 guests (these rates include all taxes).
Deposit/bond NZD 500 is required to confirm booking - refer lakeohau.com website for booking details, information about conditions, and to check availability on online calendar
AvailableUnavailable Last updated: June 06, 2013 ◀▶
What Past Guests Are Saying
Paradise away from the crowds.
I am in two minds as I write this review as, selfishly, I would prefer Ohau House to be lessor known to travelers.
We were looking for a modern house off the beaten track to use as a base to explore the eastern valleys of the Southern alps.
It was more than we anticipated, with superb views over Lake Ohau, extremely clean, and due to the fact that the closest town Twizel is 20 KMs away, had a pantry stocked with basic cooking necessities,such as sugar, flour,some sauces, spices,etc
Wood for the open fire was supplied.
The only compromise we needed to make was to book Friday to Friday.
We will definitely be visiting Ohau house again.
Admiring the night sky
We booked Ohau House for a two-day astrophotography workshop with Fraser Gunn. Superb accommodation, great + friendly service, and yes the stars above Lake Ohau are beautiful!
Gold Goast Australia
My wife and I enjoyed our stay very much at Ohau house. If you like tranquility and peace this is the place for you.
The house is fantastic and I would recommend it for anyone wanting to spend some peaceful time in a beautiful environment. It is everything everyone says.
We will definatly visit Ohau House again.
Comfort at the heart of the High Country
The Ohau House is a unique place to go to. Thanks to the way it is beautifully built and set, it has always made me feel in very close touch with nature - the lake, the Ohau range, the mountains - without ever giving up on comfort. It's the perfect photographer retreat, with clear night skies and breathtaking views. I've photographed Ohau innumerable times but, somehow, I just never get tired of it. Ohau House has a lot to do with it, I'm sure.
A Photographers Paradise
If you are into night time starry sky photography or nature photography, Lake Ohau will be an absolute treat for you. With only a handful of carefully thought of street lights - Ohau offers the best dark sky of any location with in the Mackenzie basin (clearly beats Tekapo in this regard) I personally loved the fact I only had to take 2 steps out the door to be in a great position to photograph the Southern Cross and beautiful southern sky - from the balcony a grand view can be seen and photographed. I look forward to returning
Brian & Inger
Complete peace and stunning lake views
We found a real gem here. A modern, great, private house with fantastic views over the still, turquoise lake to the mountain Ben Ohau, and the snowcapped peak of Mt Cook in the distance. Lake views from the kitchen , lounge and both bedrooms. This is a place to relax, read, write, paint,fish, eat go for walks etc. It was so still that you could hear a pin drop (we were very lucky with the weather, though). The free WiFi was an added bonus. The now have a DVD player. We will return.
What a beautiful place. The house was exquisite - beautifully designed and the owners have decked it out so well. It was the perfect place to stay in and relax yet still provided a good location for a trip to Mt. Cook, walks nearby and even a last minute decision to go skydiving in Wanaka!
Wellington, New Zealand
A perfect getaway.
Near perfect accomodation. Modern enough to have all the comfort you need but still blends into the landscape and allows you to make the most of the stunning surroundings. We can't wait to go back. Would not hesitate to recommend to others.
Tranquil - exceptionally relaxing
Outstanding accommodation, in an amazing setting, which the house maximises. In addition, the house is very well resourced for cooking, information on the area and books to read, and the Linden Leave moisturiser and bathroom products are a nice touch. We loved our stay.
Michael and Nikki
A week in paradise
We stayed in paradise for a week in august.A modern and comfortable house with views to die for and best of all just walk out the back door,look up at the mountain and there is the ski report. I recommend the Ohau House to anyone who wants to ski,enjoy the lake and mountains or just relax and enjoy the view.
You could spend the whole time just sitting down and looking out the windows, the scene over the lake and Ben is magic. The house is artwork itself and very comfortable and well equipped. Excellent location for skiing at nearby Lake Ohau skifield and trekking.
Brooklyn, New York
Stuck in New York and still dreaming about Ohau almost 2 years l
This property is the kind of place that makes you want to write reviews (because I never do). But the experience of staying here really does feel like a once in a lifetime opportunity and that seems worth sharing with other people. My husband and I stayed here when visiting family a years back and it was essentially our first time away from our kids in 4 years. I was worried that no experience could have lived up to our heightened expectation of our first holiday together in years...but somehow this incredibly special place did.
Other reviewers have already raved about the location and so I won't go into detail about that. Because for us the place was as memorable for the incredible accommodations. My husband is an architect and I'm a designer and yet this place still impressed us. We loved the layout of the space and the art on the walls. We had terrible weather one day and yet never felt claustrophobic/ Then we were lucky enough to have glorious weather the second day where we could spend the day on the deck soaking in the sunshine and absolutely awe-inspiring scenery.
Another thing we loved was the lack of pretension. The bach is perfect - everything you could want...and yet you didn't have to deal with the fussiness and obsequious behavior you get from staying at a boutique hotel. It was just us and nature...and we couldn't have been happier.
I am literally writing this review 18 months later because this trip was unforgettable and I hope one day we get to return again. Treat yourself...you'll have a memory to hold on to forever and that's not even mentioning the 1000 photos you'll take!
Even better the 2nd time around - eagerly anticipating the 3rd..
Our first visit to Ohau House was a family holiday (Jan07) and was a lovely intro to this beautiful area. The Feb12 trip was a romantic-getaway sans children. Truly, it couldn't have been better.
* is at once both stylish and functional with a quality fit-out: kitchen, bathroom, heated stone floor, linens and fireplace.
* has stunning views: lake, tussock, hills, snowcapped peaks; delightful variations according to time of day and weather.
* is extremely well maintained and clean. The house seemed newer than it was 5 years prior.
* would suit both outdoor- as well as relaxation- types.
* has adequate broadband internet.
* Summer nights are cool enough to enjoy the fireplace. Days can be pleasantly warm.
* Catering: Twizel is the closest option and is adequate (way better than 5 years prior). Try the Four Square outlets. We have managed to source more obscure items in Twizel - e.g. smoked salmon, scallops, prosciutto, and venison. More esoteric deli- and wine- choices might be a struggle.
* Eating out: checkout Shawty's Cafe (Twizel). We had 2 nights of good live music + quality food-n-drink (recommend the steaks & Emerson's brews on tap). Other decent dining options are nearby.
* Proximity of Twizel: it's only a 20-25 mins drive; the road is fine; the inbound panoramas are magic.
* Blackberries can be picked nearby the house.
* Consider "Hot Tubs Omarama". Not usually our thing but this was nice: wooden barrel tubs (cleaned/refilled after each use) heated to your desired temp by a wood stove. Each tub (w/ adjacent changing room) is conferred privacy by a surrounding of rock- and tussock- covered mounds. Suggestion: go near- or after- dark. The cooler the evening the better.
* Game/fishing: trout/salmon to catch in the lake; bunnies galore.
In closing, Ohau House is to be savoured. We intend returning as soon as possible.
Our second visit but not our last
Ohau House was the perfect base from which to explore a part of NZ that never fails to deliver a charge to our fading batteries. Best day included a walk to the Freehold Creek bushline that took us across wide expanses with incredible vistas, through native forest, alongside mountain streams and up into the tussock grasses beyond rock-strewn high slopes. We followed that with a 2-hour stint in a "Wellness Pod" at Omarama Hot Tubs (wood-fired hot tub, sauna and private change area to ourselves). Defintely a business to support! It was magic watching dusk fall and the stars come out as the black ducks glided past on the pond. Other trips included drives up both sides of the lake to great fishing or walking spots (Temple Valley is definitely worth checking out), a day-trip to Mt Cook and a gentle stroll along part of the Twizel River walkway. But if you take plenty of good food and wine, there's little need to leave the house if you're not an active type. The stunning views have been talked about at length by other guests and it's no exaggeration to say the effect of being surrounded by such ever-changing beauty is good for the soul. We slept with the blinds open so that each morning we would wake to the dawn light show. Skies turned mauve, then red, then fiery orange before settling most days into pure blue. We felt very lucky. The well-stocked library kept us from turning the TV on, and the neatly designed kitchen was a pleasure to cook in. We really felt that this was a place we must return to as often as circumstances will allow. It was a true holiday, and restored us in many ways.
Wellington, New Zealand
Walks & sunshine galore!
Treated to a week of perfect sunshine for our fourth visit - the view gets better each time. Sealy Tarns (Aoraki), North Temple Basin (Lake Ohau), Rocky Mtn/Diamond Lake (Wanaka), Pyramid Saddle (Twizel) and more - but coming home each day to Ohau house was the real treat. More walks still to discover... we'll be back!
J & H Shepherd
Second Visit as Good as the First
My wife and I are always somewhat circumspect about returning to a place we have really enjoyed, as often the second visit does not live up to the first.
However, we found the property as fresh and well maintained as we had 2 years before, and the area with enough new things to discover, so that our second visit was, if anything, more enjoyable.
The house is very well furnished for a comfortable week's stay (the minimum required by the owner). We enjoy self catering,and the kitchen was particularly well equipped.
On arrival, we found the property spotlessly clean.
The views across the lake are spectacular and uninterrupted, with not another building in view.
There is plenty to do locally, with good, easy walking for the less adventurous rambler. We particularly enjoyed the "Kettlehole Walk" with great views over Lake Pukaki towards Mount Cook.
The property is located in a small "Alpine Village" some 17km from the highway, reached by a good sealed road, and around 35km to the nearest shops in Twizel or Omarama.
There is no internet connection and mobile phone signals are intermittent, however a wifi connection is available in a cafe in Twizel, and the Event Centrethere has 2 coin operated computers to give internet access. This was good enough for us.
This is a great place to relax, and on both occasions we have been there, we have felt thoroughly refreshed when we moved on.
Both our visits have been in summer, so we cannot comment on the winter sports, or the ski lodge, which is a few km's further along the lakeside road.
Definitely one of those special places that stick in the memory and produce countless images for desk tops / screen savers when you get home.
Response from Ohau House, Lake Ohau, South Island, New Zealand - 04/12/2011
We have many returning guests and we value these guests very much.
There is now a broadband wireless internet connection at the house and guests can now make free calls to landlines with New Zealand.
Mobile phone reception at the house can be unreliable but usually reasonably reliable 10 metres from house - just across the road - this however can be a cold option in winter!
The instructions on how to get to the house, and how the house functioned were precise and accurate.
The views were spectacular, Mount Cook to the left, and Ben Ohau in front of you. The glass windows and doors allowed for maximum views. Despite some inclement weather the house was warm and welcoming.
Importantly for us, the house was very clean, private and well appointed - the linen was of very good quality and we lacked for nothing. Despite the lake being at it's highest, we caught a fabulous rainbow trout!
Ohau is quiet, peaceful and pretty.
A Quality Experience
A quality southern bach, superbly located with stunning views of Lake Ohau and up to Mt Cook. Fully equipped with quality chattels and easy access. Easy access to a wide range of outdoor activities. Suitable for couples. Not suitable for children or teenagers.
Quiet retreat with superlative scenery
This is a truly spectacular setting with ever changing panoramic views of Lake Ohau. The local walking tracks are a must if you have the willpower to leave the self contained comforts of this well appointed house. This holiday will linger in our memories for years to come.
Wonderful position - amazing property
We had a wonderful 4 night stay at this property. We wanted for nothing. When travelling it is always paramount to get a good bed and a good night sleep. The bedrooms and beds were very comfortable. Both bedrooms look out over the deck directly onto Lake Ohau and the stunning mountains behind. The views from the property are picture postcard stuff, they are truly magnificent. We spent a lot of time just soaking up the ambience and the wonderful, wonderful, scenery.
The property is about 25 minutes drive from Twizel, this is the closest town to shop.There is also a salmon farm just outside of Twizel which we can recommend. Once you have your supplies, you can just kick back at Ohau House without the need to extend yourself too much.There are a few good walks nearby and I believe good skiing in the season. We didn't try the trout fishing - might save that for next time. We also did a day trip up to Mt Cook which is about an hours drive from Ohau House.
If you are wanting a stop over in this area, you would not be disappointed with this property and all that it has to offer.
We enjoyed a memorable stay at Ohau House & the particular memory that stays with me is the view over Lake Ohau – a stunning location even judged by the standards of South Island (which I would rate the prettiest part of the world I have yet seen).
The house itself is everything you could want – clean, new and stylish without being intimidating. There’s a deck (with BBQ, dining table) on the lake side of the house for meals when the weather is good & a fireplace inside for when it’s not. (We struck some truly impressive winds during our stay!) Note that there’s only one bathroom – fine for the two of us, but if you are there with friends it might not be ideal.
We spent our time lounging around with good books, admiring the view, doing walks and day trips by car. If that sounds like what you are after then this could be the place.
Wellington, New Zealand
As returning guests to Ohau after honeymooning there in april 2006, we had high expectations. Ohau House did not disappoint, with lake, mountain and tussock as soothing and inspiring as ever.
Having decided to spend more time walking, and armed with DoC's "day walks in the MacKenzie basin", we braved the famed nor'wester for the Pukaki Kettlehole track and boulders, tripped to Tekapo for the peninsula walkway, made it to the saddle of Ben Ohau (1387m) despite snow the night before, and were blessed with perfect weather for aoraki/Mt Cook's Hooker Valley track on our last day.
Thanks again for making the Ohau experience available to us. A perfect third wedding anniversary.
K & J