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.
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
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!!