Ohakune - Accessible/Easy Access Accommodation & Activities
While Ohakune quite rightly has a reputation as a destination for all kinds of adventurous pursuits, those of you who are less mobile will find plenty of ways to enjoy this very scenic and go-ahead place. For scenery there is nothing to beat driving up the Ohakune Mountain road on a clear day - it takes you to the ski field car park - virtually underneath the summit of Ruapehu and with a spectacular 360 view of the volcanic plateau and lower North Island.
At the beginning of the road there is a wheelchair accessible path into the native forest and for those with tri-wheelchairs the popular old coach road is probably within your capabilities in drier weather. Ohakune itself has a great range of cafes and restaurants and the "world famous" Johnny Nations eclairs.
For those interested in history the site of the tragic 1956 Tangiwhai train disaster is on the way to the very accessible Army Museum 20 minutes away in Waiouru.
Ohakune Top 10 Holiday Park
Ohakune is an all-year destination, a place where true adventure happens! Whatever time of the year, we look forward to welcoming you here at Ohakune Top 10 Holiday Park, the gateway to the majestic mountains , Whanganui River and the fascinating Tongariro National Park .
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These self contained studio apartments offer a range of sizes catering for 2 to 5 people with the convenience of individual bathrooms, and your own kitchenette featuring hotplates, microwave and...
The Peaks, Ohakune
If you are visiting the Tongariro National Park and the Mt Ruapehu ski-fields, either Turoa or Whakapapa, Ohakune has everything you could need, and the best Ohakune accommodation is at The Peaks Motor Inn. The Peaks Motor Inn is conveniently located close to Ohakune’s fine restaurants,...
Johnny Nation's Chocolate Eclair Shop
The glorious French sweet treat, the chocolate eclair - developed by a renowned chef in 19th century France - is a super-sized tidbit that has literally flown out the doors daily of a small Ohakune bakery for more than 20 years. The eclairs, the size of a large fist and filled with cream, have...
National Army Museum
National Army Museum, Waiouru, New Zealand
Honour the sacrifices, learn the campaigns, be inspired by the stories of courage, loyalty and comradeship.
Make a visit to New Zealand’s most comprehensive Army Museum for access to a unique collection of military exhibits, memorabilia and...
Ohakune Mountain Road
While the Ohakune Mountain Road is probably best known as the route to the Turoa Skifield, that is not its only attraction. If you are pressed for time or would like to try some easy walking options to experience what the park has to offer, a number of short walks are available near the Ohakune...
Tangiwai Railway Disaster
At 10.21 p.m. on Christmas Eve 1953 the Wellington–Auckland night express plunged into the flooded Whangaehu River at Tangiwai, 10 km west of Waiōuru in the central North Island. Of the 285 passengers and crew on board, 151 died in New Zealand’s worst railway accident.
It was, at the time,...