Snow Report

Ohau is Closed for Season

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Lake Ohau Lodge Employment

Lake Ohau Lodge is an iconic 72 room NZ high country lodge on the shores of Lake Ohau in the Southern Alps.   We are a medium to large family run business catering for tours and functions over summer and skiers and snowboarders over winter. Lake Ohau Lodge is unique in its style and we pride ourselves on our hospitality and amazing food. We are seemingly remote but in a beautiful location so these positions will suit someone who enjoys the outdoors and working in a fun and happy environment. If your R&R pleasures include skiing or snowboarding, bush and mountain walking/tramping, rock climbing, fishing, and mountain biking this may be for you.

Head Chef Position

We are looking for a creative and enthusiastic chef with a breadth of experience to take over from our incumbent Head Chef in this permanent position. If you can start directly you will have the opportunity to work alongside our Head Chef before the start of our busy winter ski season which starts at the end of June.

This is a hands-on role for someone who is expected to lead by example.

Remuneration is negotiable and will be based on the successful applicant’s skills and experience. Accommodation options available including couple and family arrangements.


We are seeking a friendly and competent person with hotel reservations experience to fill a permanent receptionist position.

We are looking for someone who makes a good first impression and is welcoming, polite, happy and efficient and who will also fit in with the existing team.  The successful applicant will have excellent computer skills and experience and in particular with

Hotel Systems with booking, invoicing and POS systems, Microsoft Office, especially word processing, spreadsheet and outlook

Ideally the successful candidate would have some hospitality experience, accounting skills and in particular takings reconciliation experience.

The position requires you to manage the RHS booking system, answer the phone, reply to emails take bookings, prepare bills and reconcile takings.

You will also liaise with the restaurant and kitchen and will be required to assist in the restaurant or bar.  The wage rate offered will be subject to experience and qualifications.  Accommodation provided.

The position is to start immediately.


 If you are interested in applying for this position please send an email to Louise,  attaching your CV and a photo, introducing yourself.  Please clearly describe your skills and experience and why you would like to work at Ohau.  Only those with NZ residency or a 2 year work permit should apply

Ohau Snow Fields Employment

Ohau Snow Fields is the original NZ high country boutique snow and ski field situated in the Southern Alps south of Mt Cook. Ohau has a double chair lift, a platter and a snow mat.

Winter 2019: 

All positions are full except the following.  Please accept my apologies if I don't always reply as I will only follow up with applicants who I feel are suitable applicants.

Head Patroller 

The applicant needs to have 3-5 years of experience and NZ Avalanche 2 or the overseas equivalent.

Groomer Operators

The job requires operating PB400W, PB200W and PB240 groomers on the snow field and on occasions clearing snow on the ski area access road. Typically you will be required to work from 4pm in the afternoons until grooming is finished, 4-10 hours. You will also be required to work morning shifts after a snowfall or when the snow is better suited for grooming early morning. Ohau is a small snowfield operation and as such you may also be required to help when needed with sundry jobs such as maintenance, snowmaking, rental, snow clearing etc. It is also expected that you will be required while grooming to check and monitor the Techno Alpin snow making operation. The wage rate offered for this job vacancy is subject to experience and is negotiable.

Thank you for your interest, Mike Neilson.