About Ohakune

Ohakune is located at the base of Mt Ruapehu and is the southern gateway to the Tongariro National Park.

Ohakune Town Centre
Ohakune is well-equipped with accommodation, restaurants and snow-related retailers. Although Kings is not open in Summer, during the warmer months Ohakune also looks after those who come to hike and climb in the national park or the other local adventure activities, include golf, mountain biking, white water rafting, horse riding and canoeing.
The meaning of Ohakune is obscure. However some say Ohakune in Maori means a place to take care. This is assumed to relate to Mt Ruapehu being an active Volcano with the meaning of Ruapehu some say is to make a noise or explode. Perhaps today this meaning can be extend to taking care when skiing or snowboarding on the Mountain and enjoy the noise and explosive action of the Après Ski area.
Perhaps not as exciting, but Ohakune is also known as Carrot Capital. This is the place where carrots are grown. With some of the best soil in NZ courtesy of volcanic action Ohakune produces some of the sweetest and best tasting carrots. There is also the world’s biggest carrot sitting at the edge of town.
Take a flight over Ohakune. Spot the Kings name on the red roof 1min 50secs into the video! Click on image for larger version.
About Turoa and Mt Ruapehu
Kings Ohakune services all visitors to Mt Ruapehu and is the natural base for New Zealand’s two biggest ski areas, run by the Ruapehu Alpine Lifts Company. Mt Ruapehu covers 700 hectares of terrain on 50 groomed trails, with almost the same off-trail.
 
Access to the Turoa and Whakapapa skifield roads is up the sealed roads. These have no tolls and both sides offer free shuttle buses and car parks. The Ruaephu Alpine Lift Company now offers whole mountain lift passes which means you can ski either side of Ruapehu on the same ticket.
 
Turoa slopes have natural benefits as they face south-west allowing them to hold on to their snow well and in good condition. The positional advantage of the slopes provides for drier snow in winter and gives great spring skiing through October and often later in the year.
 
With wide open slopes for cruising, as well as lots of tricky chutes and steeps for advanced skiers the field is a natural terrain park for skiers and snowboarders. Ruapehu Alpine Lift Company supplements all the natural wonder with an impressive snowboarding terrain park created at the top of the Giant Chairlift.
 
For beginners the Alpine Meadow which has full snowmaking ability provides a haven for the first timers.
Turoa also offers the only lift access to a glacier in New Zealand. Reaching the Mangaehuehu Glacier is an awesome experience.
 
Ruapehu’s Turoa is a great ski area and has NZ’s biggest vertical drop at 720m with over 400 hectares covered by 40 trails serviced by 9 lifts. This includes the six seat High Noon Express which is 1.4km long and reaches 2322m high. It is capable of moving 3200 people an hour which is the largest capacity in Australasia and so keeps queues to a minimum while keeping fun to a maximum.
 
To complement the express chairlift, Turoa’s snowmaking system has been tripled in size. Including a new 50 million litre reservoir which has been constructed to feed an additional 25 automated snowguns which have been added to the existing arsenal. This massive increase in snowmaking capacity will ensure that Turoa has optimal snow coverage, up to 1950m, from very early in the season.
 
Kings Ohakune guests can also slide on Ruapehu’s Whakapapa Ski Field for about an extra 20min travel time. This offers an additional 30 groomed trails as well as its steep chutes and off-piste skiing.
 
Then after a great day’s skiing or sliding on Mt Ruapehu join us at Kings for great food, great music, a great atomsphere and importantly a comfortable bed!
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Meaning of Ohakune
The meaning of Ohakune is obscure. However some say Ohakune in Maori means a place to take care. This is assumed to relate to Mt Ruapehu being an active Volcano with the meaning of Ruapehu some say is to make a noise or explode. Perhaps today this meaning can be extend to taking care when skiing or snowboarding on the Mountain and enjoy the noise and explosive action of the Après Ski area. . .

Perhaps not as exciting, but Ohakune is also known as Carrot Capital. This is the place where carrots are grown. With some of the best soil in NZ courtesy of volcanic action Ohakune produces some of the sweetest and best tasting carrots. There is also the world’s biggest carrot sitting at the edge of town.

Spelling of Ohakune
Just for interest Kings Accommodation logs shows many misspelling of Ohakune, most are just finger problems but it is a difficult name for some… some examples:
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Spelling of Accommodation
Also just for interest Kings Accommodation logs shows many misspelling of Accommodation, most are just fingers … some examples:
Accommodations, Accomodations, Accomdation, Accommadations, Acommidation, Accommadation, accoomodation, Accommodaton, Accommodate, Acommodation, Acomodation, Acommadation and Accomidations.
However if Kings is fully booked try the following providers:
TypeNamePhone
ApartmentsOssies Chalets Apartments06 385 8111
Apartments//LodgeSnowhaven06 385 9498
BackpackersRuapehu Cabins06 385 8608
 Matai Lodge06 385 9169
 Rimu Park Lodge and Chalets06 385 9023
 Teak Lodge027 447 9138
Bed and BreakfastsAwa-iti Lodge06 385 9015
 Waireka Apartment06 385 8692
 Apres Ski Lodge06 385 8413
 Manuka Lodge06 385 8303
 Penguins Bed and Breakfast06 385 9411
 Cairnbrae House06 385 3002
 Tairoa Lodge06 385 4882
 Nottages Cottage021 111 6515
Bed & Breakfast/LodgeDakune Lodge06 385 8448
HotelTussock Grove06 385 8771
 Powderhorn Chateau06 385 8888
Luxury Lodge/RetreatRuapehu Golf & Country Lodge06 385 9594
MotelsTuroa Ski Lodge06 385 8274
 Ohakune Court Motel06 385 8183
 Rocky Mountain Chalets06 385 9545
 Acacia Lodge Motel06 385 8729
 Sunbeam Motels and Lodge06 385 8470
 The Peaks Motor Inn06 385 9144
 Canoe Safaris Lodge0800 272 335
Motel/BackpackersMountain View Motel06 385 8675
Motel/BackpackersAlpine Motel and Lodge06 385 8758
Motor LodgeThe Hobbit Motor Lodge06 385 8248
Holiday HousesRuapehu Chalet Rentals06 385 8149