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Popular amenities for Ohakune vacation rentals

Stay near Ohakune's top sights

Ohakune Carrot Adventure Park29 locals recommend
The Blind Finch, Hamburgeria & Bakehouse - Ohakune35 locals recommend
New World Ohakune57 locals recommend
The Mountain Rocks Cafe & Bar17 locals recommend
The Cyprus Tree Restaurant & Bar31 locals recommend
Italian restaurant OSTERIA17 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Ohakune

  • Total rentals

    440 properties

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    70 properties have a dedicated workspace

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    80 properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    330 properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    17K reviews

  • Nightly prices starting at

    $20 before taxes and fees

Your guide to Ohakune

All About Ohakune

At the foot of Mount Ruapehu in the central plateau of New Zealand’s North Island, Ohakune is a farming community that has become one of the country’s hubs for outdoor adventures. In te reo (Māori), the name means “an opening to a new world,” which reflects the town’s modern-day status as a gateway to a unique natural environment.

Ohakune sits on the southern edge of Tongariro National Park, which has three snow-capped volcanoes and hundreds of square miles of subalpine scenery. The town is also on the northern doorstep of Whanganui National Park, with its mighty river and virgin native forest. This location makes it a magnet for skiers and snowboarders in winter and hikers and canoeists in summer. You can hit the ski fields of Turoa and Whakapapa, or rent a mountain bike and explore the Old Coach Road trail to the Hāpuawhenua Viaduct.

A well-loved monument on the edge of town that is a must for selfie-takers is the Big Carrot — some claim it’s the world’s largest carrot statue — which reflects the agricultural focus of the area. There’s even a Carrot Adventure Park in the center of Ohakune, home to a BMX track and places for picnics.


The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Ohakune

The area around Ohakune has a temperate climate, never getting too hot in summer or extremely cold in winter. The mountains affect the weather and protect Ohakune from rain to some extent, though the rainiest month of the year is July. Throughout much of the year, expect comfortably warm days and a slight coolness in the evenings — you’ll want to have a light jacket or sweater.

Although Ohakune rarely freezes over, in the winter months of June, July, and August, there is often snow on the mountains down to about 5,000 feet. In the middle of June, a massive street party hits town, with the Ohakune Mardi Gras winter festival setting up a big stage for live bands on Thames Street. And it wouldn’t be Ohakune without the Carrot Carnival, celebrating the ever-popular winter vegetable with competitions, food stalls, entertainment, and live music. The event traditionally kicks off the ski season at the beginning of June — don’t forget your carrot costume.


Top things to do in Ohakune

Tongariro National Park

This UNESCO World Heritage Site was New Zealand’s first national park, created at the end of the 19th century thanks to the generosity and conservation focus of the Ngāti Tūwharetoa iwi (tribe) who have lived in this region for centuries. The park is dominated by the majestic active volcanoes of Mount Ruapehu, Mount Tongariro, and Mount Ngauruhoe. The 12-mile Tongariro Alpine Crossing day hike overlooks the mountains as well as stunning blue and green geothermal lakes.

Ohakune Railway Museum

Being on the main North Island railway line has shaped much of Ohakune’s history, and the area’s railway museum offers displays covering the construction of the train line and life in the region. The site is a former railway shed from the 1930s in the heart of the Junction area.

The Bridge to Nowhere

A poignant and scenic site in Whanganui National Park, the concrete Bridge to Nowhere was built in the 1930s and then abandoned. Surrounded by lush giant tree ferns and tall rimu trees, this beautiful area of pristine indigenous forest can be reached via a walking track that takes around 45 minutes each way. The park is rich in birdlife, with tui and kereru common sights.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does it cost to stay in house rentals in Ohakune?

    Experience the best of Ohakune with our house rentals, starting at about $20 per day, before taxes and fees. Embrace comfort and style while staying within your budget in your home away from home.

  • Do house rentals in Ohakune have wireless internet?

    Absolutely! We offer over 200 house rentals with wireless internet in Ohakune. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Are there pet-friendly vacation rentals in Ohakune?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in Ohakune. Choose from more than 80 vacation rentals for guests traveling with pets.

  • Do house rentals in Ohakune have self check-in?

    Absolutely! We offer over 80 house rentals with self check-in in Ohakune. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Do chalet rentals in Ohakune have a bbq area?

    Absolutely! We offer over 10 chalet rentals with a bbq area in Ohakune. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Are there family-friendly vacation rentals in Ohakune?

    Ohakune has more than 330 family-friendly stays. Amenities on the property may include high chairs, travel cribs, or strollers.

  • What are the most popular amenities for Cabin Rentals in Ohakune?

    Enhance your stay in our Cabin Rentals with the most popular amenities: over 10 homes with wireless internet, over 10 homes with a bbq area, over 10 homes with self check-in, and more. Indulge in the ultimate retreat, tailored to your preferences.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Ohakune?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 70 vacation rentals in Ohakune featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

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