Nestled at the base of Mount Ruapehu on New Zealand’s North Island is the small town of Ohakune. The town serves as a the southern gateway to the Tongariro National Park, home to numerous outdoor activities. More than just a home to “Where Adventure Begins,” Ohakune also comes alive at night and offers plenty of great places to eat and drink.
Mountain Bike Shops
If you are an avid mountain biker or if you are new to the sport and love a good adventure, then Ohakune is the place to visit. The town is quickly becoming the island’s essential destination for experiencing amazing trails ranging from a simple 15 minute ride to a five-day cross-terrain excursion. You have several options in town, including several bike rental shops, that provide you with bikes, gear, trail maps and transport to trailheads.
Mountain Bike Station sits on Goldfinch Street. The shop rates #1 by TripAdvisor for its exceptional rentals and well-maintained equipment. The staff is professional, knowledgeable and welcoming, whether you choose a self-guided tour or elect to hire any of the many single or multi day excursions.
TCB Ski Board and Bike comes highly rated and lies on Ayre Street. Again, you find a knowledgeable staff and great equipment.
Check out SLR Vertigo Adventure Centre on Goldfinch Street. This shop started in 1997.
Trails options are numerous, but there are several that deserve your consideration. The Ohakune Old Coach Road Trail is popular because it represents stage one of the Mountain to Sea Cycleway. The starting point is at the historic Ohakune Train Station and heads out to the lower slopes of Mount Ruapehu before going to some of the last of the native forests on the North Island.
The Ratamarie Road Trail is a relatively easy day trail that starts in Ohakune Centre. Enjoy vistas of sheep and cattle farms along with fields of vegetables for which Ohakune is famous. End your ride at the Lake Reserve before heading back.
For those who wish to experience a whole day ride, you cannot miss The Bridge to Nowhere Track. The track has the reputation as one of the best in New Zealand with its combination of terrain and history. Enjoy the forest and rolling hills, magnificent views of the Whanganui River and the history of post-war life.
If you are up for more enjoyment at day’s end, take in one of the many restaurants in Ohakune. For more elegant dining The Cyprus Tree is the place to dine. Treat yourself to a glass of sauvignon blanc and cranberry-stuffed chicken breast while taking in views of the surrounding peaks. For more casual dining and the best gourmet burgers, The Blind Flinch does not disappoint. Before retiring, head out to the Powderkeg Bistro where dancing has been occasionally known to take to the tables!
While visiting Ohakune, consider staying at our home which is in walking distance of the town centre making it perfect for all that Ohakune has to offer. Our home accommodates up to eight visitors for a reasonable price. Lodging includes all the amenities to make your stay enjoyable. Contact Jason for further information and to book your stay. We look forward to your visit!