The Lake Ohau Lodge is the perfect place to stay if you want to go skiing high above Lake Ohau. The trip to the lifts takes only 15 minutes from the lodge.With the NZ Ski Pass which also covers Mt. Hutt, Coronet Peak and The Remarkables you have unlimited skiing at the Ohau skifields as well.After the skiing you soak in the hot outdoor spa pools,...more
If you want to check the itineray before you start your walk get a map of the area at a DOC Visitor Centre. When we arrived at the picnic area in the Temple Forest there was no map, so we were not really sure which walk we should go for, so we only made the little walk to the Temple Viewpoint which did not take us longer than 40 minutes (1hr for...more
As said in my introduction, already the trip to Lake Ohau is wonderful, especially on a late autumn or even a winter morning when the tussock grass is covered in glazed frost, every single blade of grass looking like a piece of white jewellery.On the left side of the road is Barrier Range, on the right side is Ben Ohau Range. The mountains are up...more
On a calm morning do not only stare at Lake Ohau on the right side of the road (coming from SH8) but also look to the left every now and then until you spot Lake Middleton. If you have not seen it until Lake Ohau Village you have missed it! Make a U-turn, it is just 100 or 200 metres before the village.The reflections on this little lake are magic....more
one of the many Lakes around the Area and on the way to Mount Cook National Park, easy drive through a scenic landscape, around 1hour from Twizelit is pure nature around here, when on a roadtrip, watch your petroltank, fill up, buy some food and water, there are not many shops or gasstations aroundmore
a Car.....take care on the Gravelroads, or you might tramp and hitch hike, Accommodations is provided through great Campgrounds at Twizel...and Lake Ohau, as well as some fine Hotel at Lake Ohau.for all those tips, go to KIWI's page about Lake Ohau.or the website belowhave your Cellphone handy and Batt. loaded, but dont be surprise when you can't...more
You really do need a car to get to Lake Ohau. With a car you can drive around the secluded roads and explore the little areas so remote from anywhere. You feel like you are in a corner of the world where only a select few have been. You feel privileged to be here and know that when you get home no one will ever have heard of Lake Ohau. These places...more
the KAKI or-Black Stilt, a native wading Bird, with complete black plumage and long red legs. Unique to New Zealand, they are regarded by the Maori as taonga species(living treasure)
an aviary has been built for the now rare Bird, we robbed of its habitat no more then 50 pairs where living in the wild.
the pic is taken from the web
if you are interested in NZ Bird life and under what enourmes pressure they are....the web site provided give you all the information
The river is mean and dangerous. It looks small and insignificant, however it is fast and wild! And these rivers can grow to torrents in minutes. Remember it's not always best to cross at the skinny place because here the water is deeper and faster. A wider area the water spreads out and is slower and often more shallow.
Fun Alternatives: In Temple Forest there is no alternative.
what you need you got to bring!!!!
in this area 4 seasons in a day is no fluke. warm clothing should be in the boot of your car, maybe a blancet too. make sure of good footwear and wet weather gear. the mobil phone maybe doesn't recieve a signal, maybe around the corner perhaps, keep trying
course food, water have a picnic. drive carefully and bring a lot of filmrolls or clear the memocard
the road to Twizel, where you can stock up on groceries, having a nice meal, or take even accommodation there
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When hiking in Temple Forest, near Lake Ohau, be sure to rest as you go and conserve your energy for the possibility of a change in the weather.
Equipment: Be prepared for all conditions so your equipment needs to cover this.
Blizzard protection and snack bars etc.