The Insider's Guide to New Zealand - - NORTH ISLAND -

The Pow­der­horn Chateau is well known among Ohakune lo­cals and the glit­terati. At the time we visited, ac­tor Sam Neill and di­rec­tor Taika Waititi and a film crew were guests, a fash­ion show was be­ing planned and a wed­ding was sched­uled. “Just a nor­mal week­end,” says An­nie Scarf who, with her hus­band Paul, is also pretty fa­mous. They have owned the ho­tel for 40 or so years. An­nie was a for­mer nurse; Paul was in the ski busi­ness. He saw a va­cant site with a car­rot shed on it at the base of the moun­tain. First they moved a seven-bed­room home­stead on, then they built the ho­tel and the Pow­derkeg Restau­rant and Bar, where every skier grav­i­tates at some stage. The Euro­peanstyle log build­ing now ac­com­mo­dates the grand­chil­dren of their orig­i­nal guests. Film-maker Sir Peter Jack­son had an apart­ment in the ho­tel while he was film­ing The Lord of the Rings. 194 Man­gawhero Ter­race, Ohakune, (06) 385 8888, pow­der­

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