(Pop: 1100) is a town in the North Island of New Zealand. It is located at
the southern end of the Tongariro National Park, close to the south western
slopes of the active volcano Mount Ruapehu.
Located 125kms southwest of Taupo
and 100kms northeast from Whanganui, Ohakune is the gateway to the Ruapehu
skifields and the southern end of Tongariro National Park.
Formally a railway and timber town, Ohakune is the centre is for a wide
range of activities ranging from 4WD, trekking, mountain biking, horse
riding, trout fishing, historical finds to name a few of the many activities
that are available from Ohakune.
Being a ski base for
Turoa Skifield, Ohakune is the hosts of 'The Ohakune
Mountain' Mardi Gras is also a major event held each year. It is one of the
premier ski parties of the season and is a celebration of winter and the ski
season. Ohakune comes alive with this street party as musicians, stalls and
rides are set up for the flood of people.
It has been running for several years and has had numbers steadily increase,
with 2012's event featuring major New Zealand musicians such as band
Midnight Youth and DJ General Lee.
Ohakune is an essential part of Fallout Festival an annual event that
focuses on bringing creative elements into the community to celebrate the
Ohakune is served by daily inter-regional and long distance
bus and coach services to and from
Palmerston North or
Wellington and passenger train services to
and from Auckland, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Tongariro National Park and
There is no schedule passenger air services to or from Ohakune. The nearest
regional airports to Ohakune are
Nearest international airports to Ohakune are located in