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Mount Ruapehu mountains

Location — Ruapehu Views Motel

Ohakune is the ideal starting point for many activities on and around the mountain including canoeing holidays in the Whanganui National Park, fantastic fishing around the region, numerous walks/tramps on and around the mountains and quality golf on our local Waimarino course that has fantastic mountain views.

With the Tongariro National Park at our doorstep, the walks and scenery are second to none, including the world-famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing, which has been described as "the best one day walk New Zealand has to offer". Our guests are picked up, driven to the start-off point, and returned after the walk is completed with a local transport provider.

Perhaps you've heard of the infamous "Ruapehu Downhill Ride"? 14km of freewheeling from the Turoa ski field down to the township – choose your own speed – mountain bike hire also available in town. Or have you tried the "Old Coach Trail" from Horopito to Ohakune – a 17km medium grade trail.

Tongariro Alpine Crossingsummer activities

In Summer

In summer Ohakune is a fantastic base for visitors wanting to experience the many outdoor activities, from canoeing on the Whanganui River to taking in some of the many mountain treks in the Whanganui and Tongariro national parks.

Enjoy the great mountain biking trails in the Tongariro National Park and around the Ohakune/Mount Ruapehu district, such as The Ohakune Old Coach Road (Horopito to Ohakune 14km), Fishers Track (National Park Village to Oio Road 21km) and the 42nd Traverse (42km) considered to be one of the best mountain bike rides in the North Island.

Planning a jet boat or kayaking trip on the magnificent Whanganui River? The upper Whanganui River is only a short trip away from Ohakune.

In Winter

Ruapehu is home to two major ski fields, Turoa and Whakapapa. Ruapehu Views Motel is perfectly located for those wishing to pursue winter sports at the Turoa ski field and enjoy the apres ski hospitality of the Ohakune township. For those wishing to fully explore all options that Ruapehu has to offer, it is only a short drive to the Whakapapa ski field.

Turoa Ski Field

The Turoa ski field is a good 'all-rounder' with excellent beginner, intermediate, and advanced slopes. Turoa is a wide open mountain with plenty of space for all skill levels.

The Turoa ski field snow report can be found here.

Whakapapa Ski Field

The Whakapapa ski area on the north-western slopes of Mt Ruapehu is New Zealand's largest ski area, with more than 65 trails across 1050 hectares.

The Whakapapa ski field snow report can be found here.

Ohakune skiingFun in the Ohakune snow

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Ohakune, "The Mountain Town" is only a 20-minute drive away from the Turoa ski field on majestic Mt Rupehu. Turoa has the southern hemisphere's longest vertical descent and New Zealand's highest lift.

Direct from Ohakune you can walk or bike the Ohakune Old Coach Road, the iconic Bridge to Nowhere, the Tongariro Crossing or explore the lush forests of the Tongariro National Park and the stunning alpine walks up Mountain Road on the slopes of Mt Ruapehu.