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, a medium to large wilderness lodge catering for tours and functions over summer and skiers and snowboarders over winter. Lake Ohau is a family run business. It is unique in it’s 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 bush and mountain walking/tramping, rock climbing, fishing, and mountain biking this may be for you.


We have following positions:
​Barista/Waitress ​- This position is available and requires someone who can make an excellent espresso who would also be rostered on for general waiting duties as well.
If you are interested in applying for any of these positions please send an email to Louise, louise@ohau.co.nz, attaching your CV and a photo, introducing yourself and indicating which Lake Ohau position you may have an interest in. Please clearly describe your skills and experience and why you would like to work at Ohau. Alternatively you can call Louise on 03 4389 885.

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.


For the 2017 season we are now looking for:

Head Patroller 

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

Groomer Operator

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.

Ticket Office

We are looking for someone to be "the face" of Ohau Snow Fields this winter.  You are the first person that the public deals with so you must be friendly and efficient.  Retail experience using point of sale systems is required, knowledge of skiing or snowboarding is important and previous experience is preferred.  This is a seasonal position. The wage rate offered is subject to experience and is negotiable.

Rental Assistant / Ski and Board Technician

The job requires you to prepare and safely set and fit hire equipment for guests, keeping the hire equipment in good order and waxing and servicing guest’s skis and snowboards. You are the main person in the rental department however when busy, snow school and other staff will assist in fitting guests.


This is a full on position in the “Avalunch” Café on the mountain. Has to be a good and a passion for making coffee.


If you are interested in applying for these or any positions for the winter 2017 please send an email to Mike, mike@ohau.co.nz attaching your CV and a photo, introducing yourself and indicating which Snow Field position you may have an interest in. Please clearly describe your skills and experience and why you would like to work at Ohau. 

If possible also attach your CV and a photo of yourself. Alternatively contact Mike or Louise on +61 (0)3 4389 885.

For all these positions there is cottage available from $75 per week on a shared basis plus electricity or at the Lake Ohau Alpine Village at around $100 per week on a shared basis plus electricity. There is also accommodation available in Twizel or Omarama.

Please accept my apologies if I don't always reply as I will only follow up with applicants who I feel are suitable applicants.

Thank you for your interest, Mike Neilson.