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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Whakapapas new chairlift, replacing the Centennial and Rockgarden Chairlifts, is on target for opening day on 2 July, with towers and crossheads flown into place on 26-27 April. RAL is investing approximately $7.5m in the new lift, making it their biggest investment in lift infrastructure since the installation of the High Noon Express at Turoa Ski Area in 2007. It is the first new major chairlift built at Whakapapa since the 1980s.Posted: Tuesday 3 May 2016