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.
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Ruapehu Alpine Lifts received approval in December 2015 to continue operating the Whakapapa Ski field on Mt Ruapehu for an initial term of 30 years and six five year extensions.Posted: Thursday 21 January 2016
A new express quad chairlift is to be built this summer to replace the Centennial and Rockgarden chairlifts.Posted: Thursday 21 January 2016
Summer visitors continue to beat the snow season numbers for the Ruapehu District, with operators reporting continued interest in the area including biking or hiking the trails such as the Ohakune Old Coach Road pictured on Wednesday 6 January.Posted: Thursday 21 January 2016
The decision by Ruapehu Alpine Lifts to take the Jumbo T-bar out of service last year prompted criticism from some quarters, as have a number of decisions in recent years.Posted: Tuesday 1 September 2015