Party night with DJ Richard at the Turoa LodgeFor the last 19 years I’ve been fortunate enough to be the resident DJ at one of Ohakune’s most beloved venues and accommodations spots, the Turoa Ski Lodge. Over the years I’ve driven up to the mountain, worked either Friday and Saturday, or just Saturday nights and enjoyed skiing when the weather permitted.

This has been a thoroughly enjoyable tenure and I have some fantastic memories of great nights and fun crowds. There’s something special about having a few drinks with friends after a day in the sun and snow and exercise and the Lodge was the perfect spot to unwind après ski.

My thanks go to Graeme and Jane (the Lodge owners until this year), the many staff and bar managers, and of course, all of the patrons. 19 years. That’s got to be a record residency for a DJ, especially in a seasonal bar like the Ski Lodge!