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The restaurant at Lake Ohau Lodge has a reputation for outstanding food, great service and warm, welcoming atmosphere.

Our cosy restaurant features an open fire, big windows with lake views, a bar and lovely big tables. Guests are often invited to sit together which often is one of the highlights of your time here.

The Team

The heart of any place is the kitchen and indeed this is the case at Lake Ohau Lodge.  We have the best food backed up by our guests who constantly compliment our kitchen team headed by our Chef Patrick Tumfour from Germany who has worked here for the past 3 years and ably supported by Alice Stewart our Kiwi Pastry Chef in the kitchen.  We have recently employed a young German David who is with us for the summer and together they are well able to maintain the reputation that we have gained.

Our really awesome restaurant team is headed by our super lovely Maitre d' Julie who is a local.  We have Fumi to help with our coffee addictions and Samantha & Alessia to complete the line up of friendly and professional waiters.  

In the bar, we have the Bryn & Joe, both from the UK, both really capable and lovely young men who enjoy being in the bar, having fun, creating some interesting drinks and serving both young and old - and inbetween!

Dinner, bed and breakfast

Each evening we serve a 3 course set menu, the "chef's special" each night.  This includes a soup with Ohau fresh bread, a choice of two main courses on the same vegetables and a dessert.  We ask that you advise on booking of any dietary requirements so that we can cater individually for that requirement.  i.e. it is no problem to prepare a vegetarian option or bake a gluten free loaf of bread or gluten free dessert but whatever your diet we will try our best to cater for you.

For breakfast there is a buffet where you help yourself to the selection of cereals including our wonderful home made muesli, fruits and yoghurt and then once you are seated our waitress will come and ask you if you would like a cooked breakfast.  This includes crispy bacon, free range poached eggs, grilled sausage and tomato.  Toast is served to the table and there is filter coffee and tea that you can help yourself to or we can make an espresso coffee if you prefer for an extra charge.

For families with small children we offer the option of an early dining time, if required.  In the winter season it is not uncommon to have 30 children all dining together at 6pm - that is when the adults retreat to the bar!!

Take advantage of our excellent dinner, bed and breakfast packages to experience the best Lake Ohau Lodge has to offer or ring (03) 4389 885 to enquire for a casual dinner booking.


Sample menus 2019-20

Menu 1

  • Kumara & Kaffir Lime soup
  • Ohau fresh bread
  • Coconut braised pork belly with crackling


  • Manuka smoked Aoraki salmon with salsa verde
  • Sesame roasted potatoes
  • Honey glazed carrots
  • Curried cauliflower puree
  • Bok choy

 Passion fruit parfait with a mango coulis

Menu 2 

  • Tomato & roasted red pepper soup
  • Ohau fresh bread
  • Smoked beef blade with BBQ onions


  • Smoked honey & soy chicken breast
  • Crispy kumara wedges
  • Red cabbage slaw
  • Celeriac remoulade
  • Crispy kale

Pear, almond & blackberry tart with whipped cream

Menu 3

  • Carrot, ginger and burnt miso soup
  • Ohau fresh bread
  • Confit duck leg with a cranberry & ginger relish


  • Barley crusted rib eye with a red wine jus
  • Duck fat roasted potatoes
  • Roasted root vegetables
  • Steamed green beans

Cinnamon plum cake with a raspberry coulis & yoghurt cream


Over summer our awesome chefs offer the most delicious platter comprised of home made lavosh and fresh bread with smoked ham hock, chicken & orange terrine with mango chutney, cold sliced rare roast beef with ploughman's relish, house smoked Aoraki salmon with balsamic pearls, Whitestone's new Ohau blue goat cheese and Ben Ohau Road Aorangi Tangi cheese, iceberg salad, spiced walnuts and seasonal fresh fruit, freshly baked bread and home-made lavosh.  This is definitely our most popular lunch request but we also have on offer a ham, cheese, tomato and red onion toasted sandwich with salad or our soup of the day with fresh bread.  AND of course, there is always something sweet to end it with - just ask the waitresses what's on the menu for the day.

Over winter, as most guests are up the mountain, lunch is a very casual affair.  We offer simply some of our home made soup and bread or toasties and salad and there will always be an espresso coffee and cake to hand!  Best to get up the mountain!!