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.