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Where Adventures Begin
Ohakune StreetIn winter and summer, the town of Ohakune is a base for adventures in the Tongariro National Park. It’s also the ‘carrot capital’ of New Zealand.

Being 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, the Carrot Capital of New Zealand. It’s a great location and aptly lends itself to the phrase “where adventures begin”.

Tongariro National ParkIn summer Ohakune is a fantastic base for visitors wanting to experience the many outdoor activities whether it is canoeing on the Whanganui River or taking in some of the many mountain treks on Mt Ruapehu and in the national parks. A fast growing activity here is mountain biking around the Ruapehu area.

Other ways to fill your days in Ohakune include guided hunting trips, golf at “the best country course in New Zealand” The Waimarino 18-hole Golf Course, a game of tennis, a trip to the hot pools or climbing walls and time checking out the local art galleries and other retail therapy.

OhakuneOhakune was the birthplace of commercial bungy jumping back in the 1980’s when the adrenaline junkies of the day took off of the historic Hapuawhenua Viaduct. While this is no longer operating, bungy is still happening near the Rangitikei River south of Taihape and at Taupo, about 90 minutes’ drive.

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