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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  • Work is continuing on plans to build a new cycling and pedestrian trail between Turoa and Ohakune, but there's still a lot of red-tape to cut through.
    Posted: Tuesday 5 April 2016
  • Express exceeds expectations
    The inaugural Ruapehu Express event held on Saturday 27 Februaryexceeded the organisers’ expectations, with 725 riders, walkers and runners taking on the challenge to complete the distances ranging from a 15km trail run to a solid 55km Mountain Bike.
    Posted: Tuesday 5 April 2016
  • Last words from writers at first Ruapehu Writers Festival
    Three days of spoken words all about written words wrapped up on Sunday 20 March with the last of more than 20 sessions – a celebration of poetry and of the first-ever Ruapehu Writers Festival.
    Posted: Tuesday 5 April 2016
  • Whakapapa chairlift build on target
    Around 13 containers loaded with components for the new detachable quad chairlift for Whakapapa arrived at the Top o’ The Bruce on Saturday 19 March, with the rest expected soon after.
    Posted: Tuesday 5 April 2016

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