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.
Where to Go
There is nothing but smiles at Whakapapa this season with the commissioning of the ski field's first new lift in 27 years. Ruapehu Alpine Lifts (RAL) Whakapapa ski area manager Steve McGill and his team have been celebrating the near-perfect conditions for the installation of the companys new $7.5 million investment. "It's been a long time coming for a new lift of this size for Whakapapa.Posted: Tuesday 12 July 2016
Mardi Gras attendance down, fun factor up By Miri Schroeter About 4500 people attended Ohakune Mardi Gras (OMG) on Saturday 25 June, over 2000 less than last year. Organiser David Williams is unsure why there was a lower turn-out this year but says that the lack of high-profile acts may have been a factor. It could have been performers not matching up to expectations.Posted: Tuesday 12 July 2016