Ohakune's iconic giant carrot
Ohakune , Ruapehu

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Ohakune is the southern gateway to the Tongariro National Park
Tongariro National Park, Ruapehu

By Paul Abbitt

Biking in the Ruapehu region
Biking, Ruapehu

By Visit Ruapehu

Emerald Lakes along the Tongariro Crossing in winter.
Emerald Lakes , Ruapehu

By Visit Ruapehu


In 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.

First settled by the Ngati Rangi (Sky People) and Ngati Uenuku (Rainbow People), Ohakune is the southern gateway to the Tongariro National Park. Sitting at the foot of Mt Ruapehu with both ski areas close by, the town is well-equipped with accommodation, restaurants and snow-related retailers.

During the warmer months, Ohakune looks after those who come to hike, mountain bike and canoe in the Tongariro and Whanganui National Parks. Other local activities include white water rafting, horse trekking, golf and 4WD driving.

Every year Ohakune hosts the annual Carrot Carnival as well as the Mountain Mardi Gras, a celebration to the start of the winter season. Ohakune is also known as a market gardening area. The 10-metre carrot that welcomes you to the town is unforgettable and an iconic spot for a photograph.

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Alpine Backpackers - Accommodation in Ohakune New Zealand
Alpine Backpackers is centrally located in Ohakune, on the edge of Tongariro National Park. It offers affordable accommodation with a hot tub and free on-site parking. All guest rooms are private and feature heating. Linen is provided. Toilet and bathroom facilities shared. The prope... (more)
Alpine Motel - Accommodation in Ohakune New Zealand
7.50 134 Reviews
Alpine Motel Lodge & Restaurant offers warm and comfortable accommodations in central Ohakune. The lodge features a jacuzzi, Wi-Fi access and satellite TV. All guests at Alpine Motel and Lodge have access to a central living room and kitchen area. Most rooms include private bathrooms an... (more)
Cairnbrae House - Accommodation in Ohakune New Zealand
9.50 13 Reviews
Boutique accommodation. Ensuited rooms with deer park, near World Heritage Tongiriro National park, Mt Ruapehu ski fields and Waimarino golf course. The upstairs section of the house is dedicated for guest's sole use with a guest lounge, tea and coffee making facilities. Dinner is optio... (more)
Canoe Safaris Lodge - Accommodation in Ohakune New Zealand
8.60 39 Reviews
A small comfortable lodge with 6 new units. Units Sleep 4-5 with kitchen and ensuite bathroom.Units can be combined to suit families and groups. Sky Tv, Drying room, Laundry, and separate guest lounge with Sky TV/DVD.New Spa winter 2012. Fully fenced large section with secure park... (more)
Dakune Lodge - Accommodation in Ohakune New Zealand
9.30 67 Reviews
After a hectic day exploring the wonders of the Tongariro National Park or the Wanganui river, enjoy a BBQ on the deck or relax in front of the open log fire. Soothe your aches and pains in the Spa or Sauna and forget the rest of the world as you reminisce over your adventures through our ... (more)
Kings Ohakune - Accommodation in Ohakune New Zealand
8.00 30 Reviews
Featuring 2 hot tubs, free continental breakfast and free parking, Kings Ohakune is 2 minutes’ walk from Ohakune Station. Guests enjoy 30 minutes’ of free Wi-Fi per day and there is on-site restaurant and bar. Kings Ohakune Lodge is 30 minutes’ drive from the Mount Ruapehu ski fields. W... (more)
LKNZ Lodge - Accommodation in Ohakune New Zealand
8.10 48 Reviews
Situated in the town of Ohakune, on the edge of Tongariro National Park, LKNZ Lodge is within 5 minutes' walk of restaurants, bars and shops. It offers accommodation budget dormitories to private rooms spread over 3 lodges. There is an on-site cafe and a bar.The heated guest rooms are all ... (more)
Manuka Lodge - Accommodation in Ohakune New Zealand
9.10 120 Reviews
Manuka Lodge defines a new style of accommodation in the Ohakune Ruapehu region.Newly built in 2008 it provides a first-rate alternative to a hotel with many of the trappings of a luxury lodge.Perfectly located at the southern end of the Tongariro National Park, Manuka Lodge offers a tranq... (more)
Marilyn Rose Cottage B&B - Accommodation in Ohakune New Zealand
9.00 18 Reviews
Rangataua, Ohakune
Welcome to our special piece of paradise. One of the best accommodation options available in Ohakune. Our rooms have central heating and your own private ensuite for maximum comfort. Tea/coffee, Sky TV, drying room and facilities.Our 1930s bungalow has been lovingly restored to its former ... (more)
Mountain View Motel - Accommodation in Ohakune New Zealand
7.90 37 Reviews
Situated only 4 minutes’ walk from central Ohakune, Mountain View Motel features an outdoor hot tub and BBQ facilities. All studios and apartments include self-catering facilities and electric blankets.All accommodation at Mountain View Motel Ohakune is heated and features a private bathro... (more)
Ohakune Court Motel - Accommodation in Ohakune New Zealand
8.00 215 Reviews
Situated only 10 minutes’ walk from central Ohakune and with beautiful views of Mt Ruapehu from most rooms, Ohakune Court Motel offers accommodation with an en suite bathroom and a flat-screen cable TV. Ohakune Railway Station is 3 minutes' drive away.Ohakune Court Motel is only a 20-minut... (more)
Ohakune Mountain View Motel - Accommodation in Ohakune New Zealand
7.60 45 Reviews
***TRAVELBUG AWARDS - BEST IN REGION 2012***Situated in downtown Ohakune, 5 minutes' drive to the base of Mt Ruapehu, which boasts the Turoa Ski Field and the beautiful Tongariro National Park. There are many cafes and restaurants only a short walk from the motel. 18 self-contained units s... (more)
Ohakune TOP 10 Holiday Park - Accommodation in Ohakune New Zealand
8.00 4 Reviews
Ohakune TOP 10 Holiday Park offers Qualmark 4-star plus Holiday Park and Qualmark Enviro Silver accommodation in Ohakune.Accommodation consists of 15 tent sites and 55 power sites including 9 all-weather sites, cabins, kitchen cabin, ensuite unit, self-contained units, park motels, and 2 w... (more)
Ossies Motels and Chalets - Accommodation in Ohakune New Zealand
8.40 159 Reviews
Located just a 30-minute drive from Turoa Ski Area, Ossies Motels and Chalets offers a tranquil retreat. It features a sauna and BBQ facilities.Ossies Motels and Chalets is just a 4-minute walk from Ohakune Squash Club and a 5-minute drive from the entrance to Tongariro National Park, wher... (more)
Rocky Mountain Chalets - Accommodation in Ohakune New Zealand
9.20 20 Reviews
Ohakune's newest, most luxurious and affordable chalet accommodation. On the fringe of Tongariro National Park and slopes of Mt Ruapehu, we are an exclusive, alpine-style development consisting of 42 beautifully appointed, stand-alone dwellings.Each chalet consists of 2 or 3 bedrooms, open... (more)
Ruapehu Cabins - Accommodation in Ohakune New Zealand
8.00 1 Reviews
Come and stay in Ohakune.Check out our comfortable heated cabins (sleep 2-5) or 2 bedroom family chalet, tent and campervan sites.Great value, centrally located with a friendly atmosphere and awesome mountain views.Facilities include drying room, communal kitchens and bathrooms.We are pet ... (more)
Ruapehu Country Lodge - Accommodation in Ohakune New Zealand
9.20 33 Reviews
Ohakune, Ohakune
Ruapehu Country Lodge is located within a 15-minute drive of Tongariro National Park, home of the world-renowned Tongariro Crossing. Free Wi-Fi access is available in this lodge.The rooms offer private access to a courtyard, and come with a seating area, flat-screen TV, and tea-and-coffee ... (more)
Ruapehu Mountain Motel & Lodge - Accommodation in Ohakune New Zealand
8.40 139 Reviews
Set at the beginning of the mountain road to the Turoa ski fields, just 2 minutes' walk from Ohakune's shops, restaurants and nightlife, this motel features a cosy guest lounge with a large flat-screen TV and a pool table.Ruapehu Mountain Motel & Lodge is a picturesque 16 km drive from Tur... (more)
Ruapehu Views Motel - Accommodation in Ohakune New Zealand
7.10 165 Reviews
Offering a hot tub and rooms with a flat-screen TV, Ruapehu Views Motel is a 2-minute stroll from Ohakune's town centre and a 20-minute drive from the Turoa Ski Field in Tongariro National Park. All upstairs apartments offer lovely mountain views.Motel Ruapehu Views is a 3-minute drive fro... (more)
Snowhaven - Accommodation in Ohakune New Zealand
8.90 182 Reviews
Snowhaven offers a range of accommodations in Ohakune, at the base of the mountain at Turoa ski field. All its accommodations include LCD TVs with Sky TV and DVD players.Guest can choose between self-contained studio, 3-bedroom townhouses at the foot of the mountain in Ohakune, or the luxu... (more)
Station Lodge - Accommodation in Ohakune New Zealand
8.50 183 Reviews
The Junction, Ohakune
Built in 1906, Station Lodge boasts stunning views of Mt Ruapehu and a hot tub, during the winter months. It offers heated accommodation, 20 minutes’ drive from Turoa Ski Field. Guests receive 100MB free Wi-Fi per stay.Guests enjoy the convenience of an on-site ski, snowboard and bike rent... (more)
Tairoa Lodge - Accommodation in Ohakune New Zealand
9.40 4 Reviews
Tairoa Lodge was purpose built in a tranquil rural setting with great views of Mt Ruapehu. We aim to make our guests feel welcome and comfortable when away from home. Warm cosy beds, open fire in lounge, yummy breakfasts and our outdoor spa help to ensure an enjoyable stay. Tairoa Lo... (more)
The Clyde Hotel - Accommodation in Ohakune New Zealand
7.20 55 Reviews
Boasting a restaurant, a bar and free Wi-Fi, The Clyde Hotel is centrally located in the town centre. Guests can enjoy a game of billiards or darts in the games room.The Summit Bar has a cosy fireplace and a flat-screen TV, and offers an extensive wine list. The Clyde Restaurant serves del... (more)
The Hobbit Motorlodge - Accommodation in Ohakune New Zealand
8.40 295 Reviews
The Hobbit Motor Lodge offers luxury Ohakune accommodation on the road to Mt Ruapehu. Accommodation consists of self-contained and serviced accommodation.Luxury studios, luxury 1 & 2 bedroom units (some with spa bath), mountain views. Most units with kitchen, microwave, ensuite with shower... (more)
The Peaks Motor Inn - Accommodation in Ohakune New Zealand
8.80 169 Reviews
Just a 3-minute drive from the heart of Ohakune, guests enjoy a sauna and a spa and wellness centre at The Peaks Motor Inn. All rooms feature a fully equipped kitchen and a terrace with mountain views.The Peaks Motel is a 2-minute drive from the base of Mt Ruapehu and a Lake Taupo is a 1-h... (more)
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