Kings Ohakune - Activites
2020, Ohakune is a year-round destination, known for skiing and snow boarding it also offers a wide range of outdoor activities such as paint ball, hiking, golf, mountain biking, fishing, kayak/canoeing, scenic flights and jet boating.
Kings is closed for individual bookings during the summer season but we can help organise your group trips including accommodation, transport and all meals.. We can also organise private guides and coaching for many activities. If the activity you are after is not listed give us a call or email us and we will see if it can be accommodated locally.
ADVENTURE – GRAVITY CANYON
It boasts three world-class adventure activities. Visitors can ride our extreme flying fox, experience our mighty 80-metre bungy or feel the thrill of a 50-metre freefall on our bridge swing. The bravest among you will combine all three for the ultimate adrenaline rush!
Be inspired by real life stories of New Zealand soldier’s. Discover our military history. Learn the campaigns. Take time to reflect on how conflict has shaped the New Zealand nation. Facilities include: Cafe, Gift Shop, Research Centre, Guided Tours, Memorial Greenstone Wall, Educational Programmes. Open daily 9.00am – 4.30pm (except Christmas Day).
BOAT TOURS – BRIDGE TO NOWHERE
Bridge to Nowhere Lodge Jet Service. So begins an adventure that you will remember for a lifetime! Your guided tour of the highlights of the majestic Whanganui River with its fern-clad gorges will bring you to the Mangapurua Landing – gateway to the famous ‘Bridge to Nowhere’. Enjoy a tranquil 40 min walk through native bush, hear the Tuis and the Bellbirds, and catch a glimpse of Woodpigeons or Goats. Bring a picnic lunch to have at the Bridge and enjoy tales from your guide of the historic Mangapurua Valley and its pioneering people.
Enjoy a wide range of excellent walks around the Ruapehu region taking in the alpine terrain, native bush and waterfalls. Walks vary in distance. Maps and directions are available. See “Walks” lower down on this page.
There’ll be laughing, singing, screaming, shouting, cheering and dancing in the street. There are also street entertainers, clowns, music, relay races, stalls, children’s and adult’s competitions, great coffee, great healthy food, free carrot juice and lots of family fun
If you wish Comedy we can help arrange stand up comedians for your Groups entertainment.
DANCE SHOWS AND DANCE COMPETITIONS
With the biggest dance floor in Ohakune Kings is an ideal dance venue. If you want your group event to include dancing lessons from tap to salsa.
What more can we say. For fun nights at Kings Karaoke can be organised.
Enjoy the thrill and beauty of the Whakapapa River with the half day Adventure Kayak Tour. This is the pristine headwaters of the Whanganui River. The scenery is stunning!!. Pristine native forest with crystal clear mountain water. Be prepared to get wet and laugh alot!! “No Experience Necessary” Give it a go…A guaranteed great adventure!
For golfers, Waimarino golf course boasts sweeping views of Mount Ruapehu, well-groomed fairways, manicured greens and no queues. Professional golf tuition can be arranged.
The Fourth Annual Big Mountain Short Film Festival is a FREE one-night-only event held on Labour Weekend in Ohakune.
Ruapehu and the surrounding areas boast world class wilderness fishing. Located near Ohakune, the Mangawhero contains a good population of brown trout averaging 1.5kg.
HORSE RIDING AND TREKS
From beginners to experienced riders treks can be organised.
The district offers some excellent mountain bike trails – one favourite being the 17 kilometre downhill from Turoa skifield to the Kings, a great challenge! There are some great trails in the Rangataua Forest and scenic rides along country roads.
New “Mountains to Sea” Cycleway Announcement
The ‘Mountain to the Sea’ ride will be a 245km ride over 4-6 nights travelling through the Tongariro National Park and the Whanganui National Park, with outstanding scenery and a rich cultural, historic and natural heritage. Visitors would start on the slopes of Mt Ruapehu at the top of the Ohakune Mountain Road, cross the Hapuawhenua Viaduct on the Ohakune Old Coach Road, cycle through the Whanganui National Park on the historic roads built to support farm settlements after World War 1 such as the Mangapurua Road, and cross the iconic Bridge to Nowhere. Cyclists would then take a jet boat down the Whanganui River to Pipiriki, bike down the Whanganui River Road past settlements such as Jerusalem (Hiruharama), rich in Maori and early settler history. A significant proportion of the trail network is already in place. Completing the ride involves the construction/upgrade of two distinct track sections: the Mangapurua-Kaiwhakauka Track in Whanganui National Park, and the Ohakune Old Coach Road (Ohakune to Horopito) in Tongariro National Park.
Drive up an old logging track and through forest for approximately 1 and 1/2 hours to see what these large and powerful buggies can do.
OHAKUNE GIANT 1000 HILL CLIMB
The Inaugral race of the Ohakune Giant 1000 was held in 2011. One thousand vertical metres climbed over 18km. The fastest time recorded by Harry Dodson in his Nissan GTR, 7 min and 19 seconds.
OVERLANDER TO OHAKUNE
Jordan and Vicki hop on the train to Ohakune, New Zealand… gateway to Tongariro National Park! One of the best train trips in the world.
Play a game of Paintball – go into combat with friends and foes. Play Mayhem! You will get to run, hide, splat and dodge paintball after paintball. If you haven’t played it before, you have been missing out on something really awesome! Paintball is a fun and high adrenalin team sport bound to bring out the Action Man or GI Jane in everyone! All the latest safety equipment and heaps of guns available for you to use so you can turn this peaceful area into a total war zone. There are all kinds of hiding places to use and explore.
With two great pool tables Kings can help facilitate a pool competition.
ROCK CLIMBING (INDOOR)
Test your team work and your fitness at the indoor climbing wall. Equipment and instructions are provided. You’ll love the climbing hall – just for fun or to challenge your strength and skill. It keeps everyone entertained for hours.
When the All Blacks play anyone, Kings big screens and its corporate box helps create the best atmosphere for big games in Ohakune.
Test your skills at claybird (skeet) shooting.
Fixed Wing – Experience the breathtaking views of New Zealand’s oldest National Park and World Heritage Site with a scenic flight over the dramatic landscape of the area. See into the live craters of Mt Tongariro, Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Ruapehu, and view the spectacular lakes on the mountains, the Emerald Lakes, the Blue Lake and the Tama Lakes.
Helicopter Flights – Experience the spectacular views of the Tongariro Crossing, Lord of the Rings (LOTR) film sites and the Emerald Lake from the helicopter. There is also a sightseeing option of the middle reaches of the Whanganui River, including the Bridge to Nowhere, the Valley of Abandoned Dreams, the Whanganui National Park and the settlement of Jerusalem.
SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING
With New Zealand’s largest ski areas Turoa and Whakapapa, skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing or just playing in the snow is a wonderful way to enjoy New Zealand’s winter. Both ski areas feature separate learners areas so improving your skills can take place in a safe environment. Off piste areas for experienced skiers and the opportunity to explore the backcountry with the assistance of experienced guides is possible. Ski passes are valid at both Turoa and Whakapapa offering visitors more variety and interest.
We can help you with team building activities, including paintball and skeet shooting.
WAIOURU ARMY MUSEUM
Honour the sacrifices, learn the campaigns, be inspired by the stories of courage, loyalty and comradeship. Make a visit to New Zealand’s most comprehensive Army Museum. A place where families can seek out and relate to family connections.
WHITE WATER RAFTING
Technical grade three whitewater makes this upper river half day journey one of the most popular trips among expert and novice rafters alike. Enjoy a rafting experience that combines the heart-pumping action of more than 60 rapids with sufficient lower grade water that enables the splendid scenery and ample wildlife to be enjoyed.
CRATER LAKE CLIMB
For the more adventurous, a hike to the Crater Lake at the top of Mt Ruapehu is a spectacular experience, offering a close-up look at an active volcano as well as stunning views of much of the North Island. In summer, when conditions are safe, the climb is not technically difficult but is strenuous and you need to seek advice from the Department of Conservation as to the conditions on the day.
OHAKUNE MOUNTAIN ROAD
A number of walks, all of which are well signposted, begin just off the Ohakune Mountain Road which is conveniently signposted with kilometre markers.
LAKE SURPRISE. 15 kilometres past the Ohakune Ranger Station. The track passes by a cascade flowing over smooth bedrock which is coated in white silica deposited from the mineral-rich alpine spring water. Lake Surprise, a broad, shallow lake set amongst beech forest and tussock, is reached after a steady climb from the Mangaturuturu River Valley. Five hours return.
OLD COACH ROAD
The Ohakune Old Coach Road walking and cycleway is now open from the Ohakune Junction Railway Station to the Hapuawhenua Viaduct where in 1987 A J Hackett ran New Zealand’s first bungy jump.
The next section is due to be completed by April 2010. As one of the oldest buildings in Ohakune Kings could be seen as the ancestral home of ths walk. Work on Stage II involves reinstating 3.7km of the 100-year old Coach Road that once linked Ohakune and Horopito while the North Island Main Trunk Line was being completed. The Ohakune Old Coach Road will eventually become part of the 245km Mountain To Sea cycle trail, linking Mt Ruapehu to Wanganui via National Park, Whakahoro, the Mangapurua track and the Bridge to Nowhere, the Whanganui River (jet boat leg) to Pipiriki and the Whanganui River Road. The Mountain to Sea track was one of the first seven to be approved as part of the new government’s national cycleway initiative
TONGARIRO ALPINE CROSSING
A world-renowned trek. It is rated as the best one day trek in New Zealand and listed by many in the top 10 day treks in the world. Many who complete the 18.5 kilometre journey will tell you the climbs can be steep and it is a challenge, even an adventure but most of all an unforgettable experience.
All activities are subject to availability and change.20