In picturesque surrounds at the foot of Mt Ruapehu, New Zealand’s ‘carrot capital’ appeals to hikers, bikers, snow-lovers, families and romantics.
Ohakune emits an energetic yet laid-back vibe, with plenty of activities, accommodation, shops and restaurants attracting visitors all year round.
The most popular year-round pursuit is mountain biking, particularly on the spectacular half-day Ohakune Old Coach Road. It forms the start of the Mountains to Sea, a multi-day Great Ride that winds more than 200km to reach Whanganui and the Tasman Sea.
But there’s heaps more on offer in this part of Ruapehu, including walks in Tongariro National Park, horse trekking and golf.