We love it here, you will too.

Welcome to Omahau Hill, the home of SkyScape.

OUR STORY

SkyScape is the owned and operated by Bevan and Bridget Newlands on the family farm, Omahau Hill Station.  Together they live near Twizel with their two energetic sons, who are always in the mud and never allowed near the SkyScape windows!

Our SkyScape story began while travelling the world.  We enjoyed finding unique accommodation, and then while living in Kenya, discovered remote lodges with views similar to the Mackenzie and the seed was sown.

Returning home, after 12 years of teaching in New Zealand and abroad we wanted to do something on the family farm so that our boys could have a rural upbringing like we’d had. To realise this dream, the concept of the SkyScape was born.  The idea started as a hole in the ground with a piece of plastic over it, gradually morphing into the incredible product we have today.  Our first Skyscape was opened in 2017 with an additional two in 2020. 

We set out to provide more than a nights accommodation, we wanted to create an experience that show cased the night sky, the Mackenzie landscape, the beautiful sunrises and the rear commodities of wide open spaces and silence.  SkyScape was built with the international market in mind but since opening  we have discovered that kiwi’s fall in love with it.  To tell the truth each time we stay we fall in love again and again and again….

 

Omahau Hill Station

Omahau Hill station covers over 6000 acres of hill country and semi-flat land. Located 12km northwest of Twizel, the station runs along the picturesque Ben Ohau mountain range. Mike and Elaine (Bridget’s parents) took over the running of Omahau Hill in 1998. In the intervening years, Mike developed the farm from a basic hill block to a productive farm. Grazing 1400 Merino sheep and 300 Suffolk Cross sheep, the station also runs 200 beef cattle.  SkyScape sits in the Northeast corner of the station, looking out across the Mackenzie Basin.

 

Location:

The SkyScape office is located at 47 Ben Ohau Road. Upon arrival you will be given directions to the secluded location of your SkyBed. From the office, it is a 3km drive over farm tracks suitable for standard 2WD vehicles. The drive takes you past Omahau Hill Station’s woolshed and farm base, through a manuka reserve and on to your ultimate star gazing experience.

Approximate Driving times to SkyScape:

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Activities close to Omahau Hill Station

  • Lord of the Rings Tour
  • Ben Ohau Cheese
  • Fishing in the canal
    -Fishing licence is required and can be purchased in Twizel

Local Activities

  • 5 lakes within 15 minutes’ drive
  • Free feeding of the salmon at High Country Salmon
  • Segway rides
  • Lord of the Rings Tour
  • Alps to Ocean cycle way or walking track
  • Department of Conservation walking tracks
  • Ohau Ski field
  • Omarama hot tubs
  • Clay Cliffs – Omarama
  • Round Hill Ski Field (Tekapo)
  • Tekapo hot springs

For more information on local activities, click here