What to do and see in Ohakune, New Zealand: The Best Places and Tips

October 16, 2017 Alice Mieles

Ohakune is a small town in the North Island of New Zealand, situated 215 kilometres north of Wellington and 292 kilometres south of Auckland. It is located at the southern end of the Tongariro National Park, close to the southwestern slopes of the active volcano Mount Ruapehu. Located within the Manawatu-Wanganui region, the town is 70 kilometres northeast of Wanganui and 25 kilometres west of Waiouru.
Restaurants in Ohakune

1. Mountain Bike Station

27 Goldfinch Street | Ohakune Shopping Centre, Ohakune 4625, New Zealand +64 6-385 9018
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5 based on 107 reviews

Mountain Bike Station

Whether it's cruising around Ohakune quaint township, exploring the forgotten Ohakune Old Coach Road trail,blasting down to the famous Bridge to Nowhere, or take your time and enjoy the Mountains to Sea Cycletrail. The Mountain Bike Station can show you the real reason why Ruapehu has become the must-do destination for mountain bikers of all skills and thrills.

Reviewed By lance737 - Auckland Central, New Zealand

5 days away - three 60 plus "adults", only casual bike riders.... getting out into the back country in the week before Christmas 2017. What a great trip with great memories. Mike from MBS provided excellent organisation and assistance and continual support throughout our 5 day adventure. Next time we would consider using the electric bike options - not to shorten the 5 days, but to perhaps make the trip less arduous on some of the long or steep uphill sections and also the gravel road portions. We got to see some of back country rural NZ that we otherwise would never have seen.
MBS and Mike certainly know how to organize an excellent bike trip in this glorious part of NZ. The champagne and strawberries were really appreciated and a big surprise at the trip completion.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

2. My Kiwi Adventure

National Park Village 3989, New Zealand
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5 based on 98 reviews

My Kiwi Adventure

Mountain biking is a must do activity for anyone visiting Tongariro National Park. My Kiwi Adventure offers mountain bike rental and shuttle packages for all trails within the region including Fishers Track, the Ohakune Old Coach Road, 42 Traverse, Bridge to Nowhere, the Timber Trail and much more. From beginners to experts, My Kiwi Adventure can put together a mountain biking itinerary to suit. My Kiwi Adventure also offers New Zealand's highest guided Stand Up Paddle Board experience at 616 metres above sea level. This tour provides some of the best views Tongariro National Park has to offer. Lastly, if you're looking for transport options to explore the region, our shuttle service makes your visit to Tongariro National Park easy.

Reviewed By Bridee J

We had Stacey for the paddle boarding who was a crack up & all round great guide. Such great views and different experience being on a water, defs recommend it. We had Richard for the mountain biking and shuttle to the crossing and he was awesome as well and very efficient with the pick ups...Can’t recommend them enough! :-)

3. Ruapehu Homestead

53 Piwari Street, Rangataua, New Zealand +64 27 267 7057
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

Ruapehu Homestead

Reviewed By Joevaaroundtheworld - Auckland, New Zealand

Very well situated, just in front of the mountain! Amazing view, and lovely horses. We had a very nice time in Ruapehu Homestead and we will recommend it to all! They offer kids trek and different treks from 1h to 3h

4. TCB Ski Board and Bike

29 Ayr street, Ohakune 4625, New Zealand
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4.5 based on 63 reviews

TCB Ski Board and Bike

Reviewed By chick-pea-222 - Rotorua, New Zealand

Got the Ohakune Old Coach Rd shuttle from Ohakune through TCB and the service was very good - friendly, helped us get our bikes on and off the trailer and a good price too ($15 each for the shuttle as we already have our own...MoreThanks for the review Glad you had a good trip! See ya next time.

5. Ohakune Old Coach Road

Marshalls Road, Tongariro National Park 4625, New Zealand +64 7-892 3729
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4.5 based on 131 reviews

Ohakune Old Coach Road

Always check the website for changes that might affect your trip

Reviewed By chick-pea-222 - Rotorua, New Zealand

Enjoyable mountain bike ride from Horopito to Ohakune on the Ohakune Old Coach Road. We did the trail in 2.5-3 hrs, with breaks and a beginner rider!
The trail is a grade 2, but expect some climbs (nothing too sustained), rooted sections and loose gravel and cobbles, especially on the descents - all easily doable at a slow pace, but some mountain biking experience is required if you want to go faster (which is more fun anyway!).
The trail was quite busy (New Years Eve), with plenty of families and beginner riders. It’s great that everyone can enjoy this trail, but please stay on the left, move over if you’re holding others up and say “Hi” to other riders and walkers! These are all common practices in NZ and will surely help to make the experience more enjoyable for all.

6. Whakapapa Ski Area - Mt Ruapehu

Mt Ruapehu, Whakapapa, Tongariro National Park 3951, New Zealand +64 7-892 4000
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Whakapapa Ski Area - Mt Ruapehu

Reviewed By Trina M - Ashburton, New Zealand

When we seen this could be visited in the Summer we were in two minds if we wanted to take the drive from Taupo. WOW!! this was our highlight, I never imagined that we would see and experience such an amazing view, scenery etc. It honestly felt like we were into a different world (if not a different planet) and I was in awe the whole time.
The rocks are unbelievable and you wonder how it can be used for skiing in the summer. Kids were also playing on sledges in the snow that was being made. I wish we had been more prepared (or fitter) to have been able to walk the walk up further as Im sure that view would have been mind blowing.
We have visited the Grand Canyon and I rated that as one of my life highlights and this comes a close second. A must visit!!! Photos just don't do justice

7. Canoe Safaris - Day Tours

6 Tay Street, Ohakune 4625, New Zealand
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4.5 based on 61 reviews

Canoe Safaris - Day Tours

Guided 1 day tours in the Whanganui National Park. Suitable for all ages and all fitness levels. Family trips a speciality. Operating for 30 years. Easy paddling, short Walks, Maori and European history. Fantastic meals. Fully qualified guides and we are a licensed operator. Canoe and Kayak Hire is also available.

Reviewed By angeladA1356JT - Riverside

A wonderful five day trip down the river in perfect weather. Beautiful scenery, peace and tranquility. It was efficiently organised and there was a variety of good tasty meals with ample good wine as well! Chloe was an excellent guide, always patient, friendly and enthusiastic. She expertly guided us through rapids and around eddies, explaining about the history of the river and points of interest. We couldn’t have wanted for anyone better.

8. Waitonga Falls Track

Ohakune Mountain Road | Tongariro National Park, Central North Island, Ohakune, New Zealand +64 7-892 3729
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Waitonga Falls Track

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Reviewed By Tiara2 - Melaka, Malaysia

A pleasant walk up through pretty woodland, then onto a boardwalk across heathland, which gave spectacular views of Mount Ruapehu. Well worth the walk just for that. The waterfall, although falling 39 meters, wasn’t so dramatic but still worth seeing.

9. Ruapehu i-SITE Visitor Information Centre

54 Clyde Street, Ohakune 4625, New Zealand +64 27 243 3064
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Ruapehu i-SITE Visitor Information Centre

Reviewed By Acineto

Really handy place to stop by if you're unsure of what to do or just need some information. They also have free wifi which is also handy for information gathering. They are located on the main street in Ohakune with street parking nearby.

10. SLR - Vertigo Adventure Centre

27 Goldfinch Street, Ohakune 4625, New Zealand +64 6-385 9018
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SLR - Vertigo Adventure Centre

SLR Ski & Board Rentals, Vertigo Climbing, Marmot Outlet Store and Mountain Bike Station all share the space at Vertigo Adventure Centre in Ohakune

Reviewed By AlexToursAlot - Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

Popped in to buy a buff for our week at Whakapapa and ended up walking out with skis, poles, snowboard and boots.
The pricing of the equipment hire is almost half of what you pay on the mountain and the customer service was personal, informative and also educational.
Within 20 minutes me and my parter had all the kit for the week, no long contracts, no paperwork. Few quick signatures and we where away.
As my first time dealing with this sort of store i would highly recommend these guys to anyone looking to hire equipment.

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