Things to see & do

In picturesque surrounds at the foot of Mt Ruapehu, Ohakune emits an energetic yet laid-back vibe, with plenty of activities, accommodation, shops and restaurants attracting visitors all year round. It’s a convenient and helpful base for adventures in the Whanganui National Park, including canoe trips and jet boat tours to the famous Bridge to Nowhere. 

Discover all things to do in Ruapehu New Zealand. Whether it’s adrenaline you’re after or relaxing with a good coffee while enjoying the stunning scenery. There is plenty of things to do in Ruapehu that are easily accessible, action filled or family friendly. Activities to suit all palates all year round.

Mt Ruapehu

Turoa Ski Area, Mt Ruapehu

Wild, playful and mighty. Turoa is home to Mt Ruapehu's south-west facing slopes, which are renowned for huge snow bases, unique volcanic terrain, wide trails & epic terrain parks.

Horse Riding


Share our love for horses and the great outdoors. Whatever your experience we have a ride to fit your needs. Trekking with our wonderful horses, and guides, will ensure you have a memorable, rewarding and enjoyable experience.

Waitonga Falls

Waitonga Falls Walk

11kms out of Ohakune up the Ohakune Mountain Road sits this gem of a track for all levels of fitness with a return journey of just over 4kms. The 39 m Waitonga Falls is Tongariro National Park’s highest waterfall.

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Biking Mt Ruapehu

Mountain Biking

The most popular year-round pursuit is mountain biking, particularly on the spectacular half-day Ohakune Old Coach Road. It forms the start of the Mountains to Sea, a multi-day Great Ride that winds more than 200km to reach Whanganui and the Tasman Sea.

Canoe Safaris Rangitikei River

Canoe Safaris Rangitikei River Adventures

We offer one to five day fully guided and catered canoe tours along the Rangitikei River which carves its way through the steep deep gorges of the Kaimanawa and Ruahine ranges on its journey to the Tasman Sea. Canoe and Kayak rental also available.

Ohakune Golf

Ruapehu Golf

Play Waimarino golf club’s par 72 championship parkland course in the heart of Ruapehu. At 580 mtrs above sea level (NZ's 2nd highest golf course), in the backdrop of Mt Ruapehu enjoy watching your ball travel further than ever before.

Visit our local Visitor Information Centre for more information


Cyprus Tree Ohakune

The Cyprus Tree

Views of Mount Ruapehu. Pizza, pasta, Decadent desserts, award winning coffee, hunger busting breakfasts, and scruptous wines!

Osteria Ohakune


Osteria is a superb Italian Restaurant, located in our beautiful North Island location Ohakune. The menu is a snapshot of what Italy does best – exquisite food and wine in a romantic Mediterranean setting with a vibrancy evocative of the old waterways of Venice or the market squares of Rome.

The Blind Finch

The Blind Finch

Serving gourmet hamburgers cooked on a distinctive custom wood fire grill by night and bake house by day The wood fired grill introduces a subtle manuka smokiness that enhances the overall flavour of the burger. All burgers are made from fresh quality ingredients that are cooked to order. Takeaway only. Open from 4pm-8.30pm.


Utopia Cafe

Located in the main Street Ohakune, Utopia Café specialises in delicious classic cafe style food including breakfasts, brunches and lunches. utopia-cafe.jpg The recently refurbished Utopia Cafe is a delight to customers and the food is popular with both locals and visitors to the area.



Industry Bar & Grill offers a diverse selection of globally inspired cuisine. Industry Bar and Grill offers a simple but yummy brunch and lunch menu to get you through the day or stop in after an exhilarating day on the slopes.

eateries Ohakune

Other Eateries

Local food the Ruapehu way that ignites a feeling of connection to the people and place of this inspiring location.

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