Review of our stay at Ossies Chalets and Apartments, Ohakune, New Zealand
One of the first things I visualize when thinking of a skiing holiday trip is staying in a lovely wooden chalet overlooking the mountains. My fantasy trip also comes with soaking in a hot tub with a glass of wine or a mug of hot chocolate (or both!) after a long day of skiing 🙂
In reality, a skiing holiday is not a cheap one, especially for a family, and when you are not a regular skier and have to rent pretty much everything – skis, poles, jackets, ski pants, gloves, goggles and more! As such, my fantasy chalet accommodation with all the amenities is not possible, especially when it’s part of a budget first time skiing holiday amongst several other travels plans during our one year in New Zealand.
With a little bit of research and shopping around, we were able to fulfil several of the items of our accommodation wish list and I am happy to say our first skiing holiday with Mt Ruapehu and staying at Ossies Chalets and Apartments was a huge success!
I already wrote about our time skiing here, along with tips and information on how to plan a family skiing holiday, specially for first time skiers. And just for the record, I am normally not into winter sports at all, I don’t do well with the cold! But this experience proved me wrong and I now look forward to planning winter holidays in cold countries rather than chasing the sun as I normally do.
Whilst doing our research on accommodation for skiing at Mt Ruapehu, we found that Ohakune was the best option if you are skiing at Turoa skifield. It is about 20 minute drive to the ski resort and the drive itself is ever so amazing with spectacular view of Mt Ruapehu!
We picked Ossies Chalet and Apartments as it looked very family friendly, had good ratings and was located in Ohakune. They had several chalets catering to large parties up to 13 people. We stayed at a one bedroom split apartment which sleeps 6 people. Prices for all their units ranged from $90-$310 and can be found here.
Cosy and warm is the first thing that came to our minds when we entered our apartment. All wooden, spacious and rooms were heated nicely. 6 bed spaces upstairs (1 double bed and 4 single beds) , dining and kitchen plus living area downstairs. The kitchen was fully equipped with all the utensils, plates and wine glasses you might need. There is a fridge and microwave as well plus a large closet area and decent size bathroom. There is free WiFi with very good connection as well.
Few perks of staying at Ossies – you can get your ski rental equipment here. As I mentioned in my skiing post on tips and useful bits of information for first time skiers – it’s cheaper to rent outside the ski resort. There was a large variety of options at their shop here and we got all the equipment and gears we needed.
The view from outside some of the chalets is absolutely stunning! But our one didn’t have the view so we walked outside in the front area to enjoy the views and admire the plants.
Several restaurants and cafes nearby – We ate at Matterhorn Restaurant @Powderhorn, pricey, but oh so very good! Food was absolutely delicious and the cocktails and wine went down well after all the skiing 🙂 It was also very easy to get to Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre from here and we did some lovely walks around the area the day after we went skiing.
Few recommendations for improvement –
The water tap and the shower does not work very efficiently, it gets either too hot or too cold!
You are provided with towels and linen but no duvet, which can be a bother to bring. Alternatively, you can rent from there as well.
The staff are very friendly and helpful. The owner was busy with a massive ski event that he was organizing the day after we were leaving but he still managed to find time to fit us in with trying on gear after the shop had closed.
Overall a very cosy, comfortable and affordable experience staying at Ossies. I may have missed out on my hotpool looking out into the mountains experience, but I did managed to get all the rest we could have possibly wanted from a fun packed family skiing holiday !
Disclaimer We were given media discount during our 3 days stay at Ossies chalet and apartments but as always, all opinions are our own. We had a really lovely stay here and would highly recommend to others, both during skiing season and the summer as well. There is so much to explore and do in this part of the country!