Lake Ōhau Lodge and Ōhau Snow Fields, a boutique skiing gem in New Zealand’s Mackenzie Country, have been listed for sale after being under family ownership for over three decades. There is no mention of the asking price.
These idyllic winter destinations include the 72-room Lake Ōhau Lodge, situated on a sprawling 25 acre (10.1ha) by the lake, and the adjacent Ōhau Snow Fields, which stretches across 360 acres (145.2ha), boasting access to a massive 620 acres (250ha) of skiable terrains. The region is renowned for its towering mountains, expansive glaciers, and shimmering turquoise lakes.
The Ōhau Snow Fields, distinguished by its pristine environment and unparalleled powder skiing, has gained international recognition, playing host to ski teams from countries like the U.S. and Norway during their summer months.
Tom Gibson, Director of CBRE Hotels, and Tim Rookes, Managing Director of CBRE Christchurch, are orchestrating the sale. “This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to invest in a profitable asset in an enchanting part of the world,” Gibson remarked. He highlighted the potential for renovating the lodge into a world-class luxury accommodation akin to New Zealand’s famed lodges like Matakauri in Queenstown and Minaret Station in Wanaka, where prices can soar up to $16,000 per night.
Rookes emphasized the lodge’s significance in New Zealand’s South Island tourism tapestry. “Supported by the mesmerizing Ōhau Snow Fields and the globally acclaimed Alps 2 Ocean bike trail, the lodge is ensconced within the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve,” he noted. This locale offers diverse outdoor activities, from stargazing to exploring the Aoraki Mount Cook and the Tasman Glacier.
Lake Ōhau Lodge and its snow fields offer an unprecedented blend of experiences, magnetizing adventurers from around the globe.
The sale is set to conclude via an International Expressions of Interest campaign on September 7, 2023, at 5:00pm (NZST).
Situated in a stunning lakeside setting and surrounded by the crowning snow-capped mountains of the Mackenzie Country, a region famous for New Zealand’s highest mountains, longest glaciers, vivid turquoise lakes, striking landscape and rolling hills of sheep farming, Lake Ōhau Lodge and Ōhau Snow Fields is being marketed for sale for the first time after more than 33 years of private ownership.
In close proximity to some of the country’s best natural attractions and experiences. From exploring the mighty Aoraki/Mount Cook or the Tasman Glacier, to trout fishing, bike riding, boating and heli-skiing, Lake Ōhau Lodge and Ōhau Snow Fields provides an excellent base for the best that New Zealand’s South Island has to offer.
Lake Ōhau Lodge
Lake Ōhau Lodge occupies a lakeside position on the property with brilliant west-facing views overlooking the surrounding ranges, Hopkins Valley and beyond to Aoraki/Mount Cook.
+ 10.1 hectares (approx.) of freehold land across two titles, zoned Rural S (Scenic).
+ Four different styles of accommodation across five wings, totaling 72 rooms.
+ Extensive in-place infrastructure including a restaurant and the ability to add development.
Ōhau Snow Fields
The snow fields are located 15 minutes from the doorstep of the lodge via the 9.6km access road.
+ 145.2 hectares (approx.), with a DOC concession to operate the snowfield.
+ A vast array of skiing and touring options, catering for all ability levels.
+ Access to over 145ha of skiable terrain with opportunity to expand operations.
+ Double chairlift (795 skiers per hour), 200 car parks, helipad and 30 snow machines.
For Sale by way of International Expressions of Interest closing Thursday, 7 September at 5:00pm (NZST)