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Ohakune is a city in the Ruapehu district of New Zealand.


Ohakune is well regarded as a winter destination within New Zealand. It is at the base of Ruapehu mountain and is known as the ski capital of New Zealand's North Island. Winters are the busy season for Ohakune, attracting skiers from all over New Zealand, Australia and beyond. The town makes a delightful stopover in the summertime too, when visitors are fewer and the walks and hikes around town are inviting.

The town is divided into two parts. The "upper" part, also called the Junction, is around the train station and its vicinity. It is home to a number of lodges, inns and cafes, and is also closest to the National Park. The lower part of town is larger and contains shops, restaurants, an i center, as well as a riverside park.

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By Train[edit]

The Tranzscenic has daily trains to Auckland or Wellington. The train station is within easy walking distance to lodges and hotels in the upper part of the town.

By Car[edit]

Ohakune is located along State Highway 49.

Get around[edit]

You can walk from the upper to the lower part of town in a 45 minutes or so. During the winter, a bus service runs every half hour until the bars close. Other car and taxi services are available during the winter months. Ask at your lodge.

While you can walk along the sidewalks to get from one part of town to another, for better views take scenic walkway along the riverside also connects the two. From the upper part of town, cross the river over the old bridge, then walk 100 meters or so to the trail opening on the left side of Old River Road. Enjoy the swinging pedestrian bridge.

See[edit][add listing]

  • The World's Largest Carrot
  • Ruapehu Mountain

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Ski
  • Walk or Hike in the Tongariro National Park. The park's entrance and Ranger Station is located on Mountain Road, just north of the train station. The Rimu and Mangawhero Forest are short walks and easily accessible for those staying in Ohakune.
  • Skateboard on the half pipe, located along Clyde Street in the lower part of town.

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Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Powder Keg Bar and Cafe

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Apres Ski Lodge [1], Corner of Rimu and Miro Street, The Junction at Ohakune. Phone 06-385-8413. Rooms from $79 per night. Dinner, Bed & Breakfast available


[2] Official visitor site.

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