The Powderhorn Chateau is full of New Zealand pioneering history.
The hotel opened its doors on the 1st of June 1995 following the redevelopment of two existing operations on the property, The Powderkeg Restaurant and Bar and The Powderhorn Ski Bahn.
The Powderkeg is a historic building dating back to Ohakune’s early years. It was the original home to F.J Carter of the famous sawmilling family. It was transported to its current site and opened for business in the summer of 1989. The Powderkeg exploded into life with an innovative menu of foods prepared on sizzling hot rocks and its own special Powderkeg beer. It was always packed with customers both inside and outside in the garden bar, which often overflowed onto the streets and upset the flow of traffic! It has since built a reputation as a hugely popular après ski venue, and THE place to be on a night out in Ohakune.
Foundations for the new hotel were laid in December 1993 and development took place in the following 18 months, linking together both The Powderkeg Restaurant and the Powderhorn Ski Bahn. Shortly after completion of the hotel, the Matterhorn Restaurant and Bar had its grand opening. The Powderhorn Chateau was thus born. The original hospitality and warmth remain today, and the Powderhorn Chateau is now a favourite haven for skiers, outdoor enthusiasts, business people, film crews and for those looking for a relaxing getaway in a stunning location.
Timber has been used extensively throughout the complex, the majority of the materials sourced locally. Douglas Fir beams, Macrocarpa, Redwood and Douglas Fir linings, Rimu tables, bar-tops and benches are all major features exhibited throughout the building.
The Powderhorn Chateau is the first building to be constructed to a new earthquake proof code and incorporates radically new concepts in design and engineering. As it is a purely wooden structure, the building will shift with earth movement without risk of collapse.