Where adventure begins - visitor information for Ohakune and the Tongariro National Park region including accommodation, activities, where to go and what to see and do - Ohakune is at the southern gateway to the Tongariro National Park World Heritage Site and Mt Ruapehu's ski fields. It is known as the aprés ski capital of the North Island's Mt Ruapehu and the Carrot Capital of New Zealand. It’s a great location and aptly lends itself to the phrase “where adventures begin”.

Skiers and boarders flock to Ohakune to take in Turoa and Whakapapa (the largest ski areas in New Zealand) then enjoy Ohakune’s varied entertainment, restaurants and cafes.

In summer Ohakune is a fantastic base for visitors wanting to experience the many outdoor activities, from canoeing on the Whanganui River to taking in some of the many mountain treks in the Whanganui and Tongariro national parks. 

A fast growing activity here is mountain biking around the Ruapehu area.

Outdoor activities abound in this region and there really is something for everyone.

There are a number of options for accommodation in Ohakune, to suit all requirements and budgets. During school holidays and winter weekends it is highly recommended you pre-book. Start your search for Ruapehu Accommodation here.


Latest News

  • There’s no enthusiasm for a combined Waimarino water supply scheme, Ruapehu District councillors agreed at their meeting in Ohakune on Tuesday.
    Posted: Tuesday 8 September 2015
  • Clive Manley has been named as the new chief executive officer of Ruapehu District Council (RDC), following what it describes as an extensive recruitment process.
    Posted: Tuesday 8 September 2015
  • The decision by Ruapehu Alpine Lifts to take the Jumbo T-bar out of service for this year has prompted criticism from some quarters, as have a number of decisions in recent years.
    Posted: Tuesday 1 September 2015
  • Government funding to the tune of $1.5 million has been promised for the Raetihi water supply upgrade.
    Posted: Tuesday 1 September 2015
  • If you visited this funeral parlour for sorrows, you’d be stiff out of luck at the Royal Theatre in Raetihi last week as the Phoenix Players performed the hilarious show Stiff.
    Posted: Tuesday 1 September 2015

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