North Island - New Zealand
Location of Ohakune
Ohakune is a town in the North Island of New Zealand.
It is located at the southern end of the Tongariro National Park, close to the southwestern slopes of the active volcano Mount Ruapehu.
Part of the Manawatu-Wanganui region, the town is 70 kilometres northeast of Wanganui, and 25 kilometres west of Waiouru.
On the eastern edge of the town there is a large replica of a carrot, which celebrates the area's reputation as the source of a high proportion of New Zealand's carrots.
This is reputedly the world's largest model carrot.
State Highway 49 runs through the town, as does the North Island Main Trunk Railway.
From 18 December 1917 until 1 January 1968, Ohakune was also the junction for the Raetihi Branch, a branch line railway to Raetihi.
A truss bridge formerly used by this branch still stands near the big carrot.
Seventeen kilometres to the east of the town is the Tangiwai bridge, site of New Zealand's worst railway accident, on December 24, 1953.
It is a rural service town and a base for skiers using the Turoa skifield.
The town's population is 1293 (2001 census).
* Snow Ski-ing
* Mountain tramping
Ohakune has hosted the Big Mountain Short Film Festival since 2006.
Ohakune is an essential part of Fallout Festival an annual event that focuses on bringing creative elements into the community to celebrate the snow season.
Ohakune is the home of radio station Zero FM (94.2fm Ohakune).
For more information about Ohakune see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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This information was correct in June 2009. E. & O.E.
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