Currently I have lots of free time so what better way to spend my time than travelling. I love discovering new places and I just cant beat that buzz. So i am going to turn this no work situation into a positive.
I have lived in NZ for over 2.5 years and have never been down to Ohakune. It is such a cute little town with a random massive carrot! Definitely a photo opportunity!
Food wise, I recommend you check out EAT. It is the best coffee I have tried in town and is reasonably priced with healthy option and really friendly staff. For a more pub style meal with a great fire for these cold winters check out Powderhorn Chateau.
Ohakune is also known as ‘The Mountain Town”. It is 20 minutes drive away from the Turoa Ski Field.
I dont know what it is about this place but it is special. It feels magical. I feel like just being here out of the city madness of Auckland no matter what your problems are just being in this environment will change you.
I have to pinch myself with the beauty. Each morning I woke up with this vision of this amazing mountain covered in white snow. It is simply stunning.
I love exploring and being so close to this beautiful mountain it would just be rude not to drive to the top. You can buy a scenic mountain pass for 20 dollars which allows you to go to the highest point . Turoa has the southern hemisphere’s longest vertical descent and New Zealand’s highest lift.
I love hiking especially around beautiful scenery like this. I actually cant believe its winter here. Beautiful blue skies and perfect weather. Not what I expected.
On route towards the mountain, just off Mountain Road, (about a 15 minute drive from Ohakune village) there is a walking track called Waitonga Falls Walk (Tongariro National Park).
The track is 4km and takes about 1hour 20minutes and is absolutely stunning. I cant recommend this enough. You see fantastic views of Mount Ruapehu and Kaikawaka forest and the surrounding countryside that leads to a waterfall. Waitonga Falls is Tongariro National Park’s highest waterfall of 39 meters.
My favourite part however was the boardwalk. The view is breathtaking and it felt so special seeing the snow on top of that mountain. The sky was clear blue, you could see the reflection of the mountain in the water. The Rotokawa pools are a part of an alpine wetland area.
It felt so special. There is a a little seat and I just had to stay there all day and wanted to hold time taking in that amazing view.