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Great outdoor activities around Ohakune, Central Plateau Region, NZ

There are many things to do for individual travellers and families travelling through Ohakune, New Zealand, such as skiing in winter, mountain biking, canoeing/kayaking, hiking and climbing.  Ohakune is a great place to play and explore both in summer and winter. In winter hitting the slopes of Mt Ruapehu is necessary, however, there is still lots of thing to do in Ohakune that does not involve skiing.


Ohakune sits at the base of Mt Ruapehu and in winter is the closest town to the Turoa Ski Resort. It’s a happening little town in winter as people flock to try out the great back country bowls and even hike to the summit to ski down the whole mountain. For children the ski area is well set up with magic carpets and gentle slopes and childcare available on site if the children become tired!

If you want to go skiing you can find places to hire skis here.  On good days the town is heaving so don’t miss out! Catch the bus from Ohakune township or drive up and park in one of the top car parks.


Biking over the viaduct as part of the Ohakune Old Coach Road trail, amazing!

As well as skiing Ohakune offers individuals and families great options in bike paths and trails around the town. For the avid adventurers Ohakune is a great location to start the Bridge to Nowhere Bike trail (fitness and MTB experience a must). For travellers and families that want to see the New Zealand country side, history and have some fun then the Ohakune Old Coach Road is a definite must. If you have little children with you then the local pump track for little bikers is great and lots of family fun or hire kids bikes and take the family along for an adventure!


If you are not keen on the skiing in winter or biking, which can be done all year round, then tie up your hiking boots and head out on some great walks around the National Park with the spectacular Mt Ruapehu in the background! The Mangawhero Forest Walk begins by crossing the Mangawhero River from which it gains its name. Running over a bed of red tinged rocks, this river starts high up Mount Ruapehu and descends over two giant waterfalls, carving its way through the debris of previous eruptions. It’s an hours walk and well worth the effort!

Canoe and Kayaking

1-5 day Wanganui river canoe trips with Yeti Tours

While in Ohakune and so close don’t forget to head to Yeti Tours and book a day or two on the Whanganui River. Freedom hire your own canoe or join a guided tour which takes you down the Whanganui River into the heart of New Zealand back country. If you overnight on the two nights or more day trips then you experience kiwi camping or Department of Conservation Huts and explore the great kiwi outdoors!


For the travellers who want to stay closer to the Ohakune township then head into the climbing wall at Vertical Climbing. This is a purpose built climbing wall for all ages and is great on both summer and winter days!

Have fun in Ohakune and make sure that you take your picture with the giant carrot!!




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To our friends, family, and new friends,

Today we launched Leap to the world – making it possible to search and book hundreds of outdoor rentals, trips and lessons in one place.

On a sunny weekend in October 2016 James, Letitia and Eli defined a mission to help people discover, access and enjoy our great outdoors by making the journey to rent outdoor equipment and book services as simple as possible.    This mission derives from a love of being outdoors however we’ve encountered endless difficulty and time consumed researching trips during our travels.

Today we took the first step by launching a service like no other – focusing on outdoor orientated travellers and matching local activities with local businesses.

We’ve launched with a collection of 25+ businesses in the central North Island of New Zealand.  Many more will be added soon, we’ve got a great sales team (link to About us) who are focusing on covering all of New Zealand over the coming months.  We decided to grow region by region because we think it’s important to be able to find and choose from all businesses in an area, saving time researching alternatives.

To help us achieve this milestone we’ve drawn on the help of many friends, acquaintances and new friends.  Thankyou.  The richness and diversity of this support has helped mould Leap into the awesome product it is today.

However, today is just the beginning.  We’ve got an awesome funnel of features and enhancements to build.  We value your continued support to help us continue building and improving.    Please share the love by telling your friends about Leap.

All feedback is great feedback – we’d love to hear your thoughts, don’t be shy to email us directly or at

Thanks for joining us in our effort to help people easily access our beautiful outdoors.

~ Cheers, James, Eli, Letitia and Clement.

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Leap in a nutshell:  Search and book hundreds of outdoor rentals, trips and lessons in one place.

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