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
Whakapapa Ski Area's Happy Valley will be open on Saturday 3 June. Thats the promise from Ruapehu Alpine Lifts for this year, after the redevelopment of the beginner ski area that includes new access, three new lifts and an innovative new snowmaking factory.Posted: Tuesday 28 February 2017
The Ruapehu Express on Saturday 25 February was "a ripper" according to the 1000-plus people who took part. Most took on the 58km mountain bike ride from Tukino Ski Area access road to Ohakune, with others riding a 25km shorter course. Around 200 ran either 22km or 16km from Horopito on the Ohakune Old Coach Road to Ohakune Junction.Posted: Tuesday 28 February 2017