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Parks & nature in Ohakune

Park
“The place to be for NZ's volcanic landscapes. From short walks to challenging day hikes. Hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, described as the best one-day hike in the country. So many places to see - Tama lakes, Lake Surpise, Silica Rapids, Taranaki Falls, to name a few.”
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Ski Area
“One of NZ's largest ski areas and has the nation’s longest vertical drop. On a beautiful day, you can see Mt Taranaki from the top. The High Noon Express takes you to the highest lifted point in NZ with panoramic views of the North Island.”
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Playground
“Visit the iconic Ohakune Carrot, great photo opportunity and fun place for the kids to play.”
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Park
“Go to this place on a clear day to see stunning mountain views on the way the falls. The open area of marshland with boardwalk is our favourite place. About 1hr 20min return track from the parking area. The falls itself is Tongariro National Park’s highest waterfall. Approx. 25mins from Raetihi.”
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Trail
“One of the greatest one day walks in the world, the Tongariro Crossing is a spectacular trip”
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Park
“Begins at Fishers Road, National Park Village.Walk about 30 minutes down Fishers Road to the start of the Tupapakurua Falls Track (left side of road). The track has been upgraded by the local community in partnership with the Department of Conservation. It begins with an easy 20 minute walk to the Taranaki Lookout. From this point the track becomes a back country adventure track and is suitable for experienced trampers only. The track follows a ridge and then descends steeply to a stream. There are good stands of tawa, mature rimu, miro and totara to see along the way. Climbing from the stream, the track winds its way around bluffs to a good lookout point with views of the falls. ”
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Ski Area
“Shuttles to Turoa Ski Area leave regularly until midday every day that it's open. $6pp return.”
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Motel
“Just across the road from the Kune Classic there's a kid's playground and open grass area for the kids to run off some steam.”
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Scenic Lookout
“The Tongariro River is concentrated through this deep chasm, a 5 min walk from the car park. Some lovely walks in this area of the Kaimanawa forest.”
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