THE MOUNTAIN TOWN
Located in the Ruapehu District, Ohakune is known as the 'snow season' capital of the North Island, being the largest town at the base of Mt Ruapehu and gateway to the southern side of the Tongariro National Park and New Zealands number 1 ski slope - Turoa ski field.
Summer has become very popular, with more and more people discovering the vast array of outdoor activities available close by. These range from walking tracks and mountain biking trails to water based activities on the upper Whanganui River, not forgetting hunting and fishing.
Ohakune township operates all year round and has a choice of many great restaurants and cafes.
Ohakune is also known as 'The Mountain Town' being 600 mtrs above sea level, and is the Carrot capital of New Zealand. Famous for the carrots grown locally - a giant carrot statue stands at the Eastern entrance to the township. Around 1000 people reside year-round, with numbers boosted by mountain staff and visitors during the winter season.
In addition to market gardening, local industry includes farming and forestry.