Ski-Ride-Snowboard-New-Zealand-Ohau-LogoNestled deep in the spectacular Mackenzie High Country, Ohau Snow Fields is a busy little ski and snowboard area with a huge personality.

Known for its exceptional service, Ohau Snow Fields is an all-abilities field, complete with double chairlift, platter and beginners’ snow mat. The more adventurous can even by-pass the groomed trails and hike to the tops to access incredible powder and sensational views across the Mackenzie.

As well as lessons, rental gear and day lodge facilities on the mountain, Ohau Snow Fields is just 20 minutes’ drive from the warm, welcoming Lake Ohau Lodge, a great place to end your day on the snow.

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The closest towns to Ohau are Twizel (to the north) and Omarama (to the south) – both approximately 30 minutes’ drive from the base of the Ohau access road.

Most visitors drive themselves up the scenic access road. From the 9.6km route, the views up the valley to Aoraki Mount Cook and overlooking Lake Ohau are spectacular. If needed, chains can be hired at Lake Ohau Lodge at the bottom of the access road.

A bus leaves from Lake Ohau Lodge, up to the ski area every morning at 9.15am. The bus returns to the lodge at the end of the day. Contact Ohau Snow Fields for more information.


The double chair lift and the wide flat slopes at the top of the mountain enable most intermediates to cruise down very comfortably. There is some great hiking around the tops for the more adventurous, accessing the best powder snow. The views from there are really magnificent and definitely worth the effort.

Ohau offers 3 lifts – chairlift, platter and snow mat. Ski and snowboard rentals and repairs are located on the mountain. Day Lodge with log burner, big tables, cafeteria, espresso coffee and souvenir shop are also available.

Adult Student Youth/Child
All Lifts, All Day $86 $58 $35
All Lifts, Afternoon rate on sale 12:30pm $58 $39 $23
All Lifts, Morning 3hr rate, purchase before 10am $58 $39 $23
Learners Lifts Only $40 $30 $20
Upgrade from Learners Lifts on sale 12.30pm $31 $21 $11
Chairlift single ride up $25 $18 $12