Ohakune is a town of just over 1,000 people situated in the South corner of Tongariro National Park. It is an outdoor playground with canoeing, hiking, biking, and skiing very near the town.
Not surprisingly, Ohakune tags itself with the phrase, "Where Adventures Begin" and it is not surprising that it challenges Queenstown and Taupo as the Adventure Capital of New Zealand - only it receives only a fraction of the tourists the other two do.
In terms of cycling Ohakune is the launch pad for the Mountain to Sea Great Ride - with currently only two sections completed: The leisurely Old Coach Road - Grade 2; and the slightly more challenging Raetihi to Manapurua Landing (including the iconic Bridge to Nowhere) - Grade 2-3. Further afield the classic 42nd Traverse Mountain Bike Ride is less than 45 minutes drive - often voted as the North Islands best ride. There are loads of other fantastic regional rides in the area.
Ohakune is a bustling little village with plenty of choices for eating, drinking, and accommodation - although you must book early in the high seasons of the ski season and during public holidays in the summer. Ohakune also happens to be the "Carrot Capital of New Zealand" - make the time to check out what is claimed to be the largest carrot model in the world at the southern end of town.
Ohakune is 358 kilometers from Auckland, 286 kilometers from Wellington, 231 kilometers from Rotorua, 135 kilometers from Taupo, and 99 kilometers from Wanganui. The small village of National Park is only 36 kilometers away.