Young Family Fun
A Short Break
Time for some family fun? Stretch the mind, legs and tummies with some mountain air, delicious treats, lovely walks, and some alpaca fun in Ruapehu district.
Ohakune is a great place for families, with lots of space to let the kids engage with nature, as well as plenty of kid friendly food and activities.
On your first day take a trip to the fun and educational National Army Museum in Waiouru where the kids can hang out in the new interactive play area Kids HQ. Once you’re in Ohakune head out for a bush walk in the Tongariro National Park just minutes from town along the Mangawhero Forest Walkway.
Take the kids to the award winning Ohakune Carrot Adventure Park to really work up their appetite for dinner.
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, be sure to taste some of Ohakune’s most decadent treats like a hot chocolate lahar from The Blind Finch or Johnny Nation’s chocolate eclairs (if you’re visiting during winter).
Settle in to your accommodation at the Ohakune Top 10 Holiday Park, they have a range of accommodation options and a bed for every budget plus a playground for the kids.
For dinner you can grab some easy delicious options to assemble from the local New World Supermarket or head to one of the many restaurants or takeaways right here in town.
Stay: Ohakune Top 10
For breakfast head to a local café – all with amazing coffee – there’s an array of food & beverages in the heart of Ohakune!
After all your bellies are full, head 10 minutes west to Raetihi. Take the kids for a walk along the recently developed Makotuku Track then visit the township to see dinosaur skeletons, walk among life-size reconstructions and learn about their amazing prehistoric world at the Dinosaur House.
Travel north – how about some hot chips and a lemonade for lunch followed by a round of mini golf at Schnapps, always good fun!
Next its 30 minutes on to Taumarunui where the afternoon can be spent cuddling a baby alpaca at Nevalea Alpaca Farm. Take an alpaca for a short walk down ‘Alpaca Lane’ or join a guided tour to meet a large group of friendly alpacas, you can get up close and have a cuddle with a cria (baby alpaca).
There’s also the option to visit Bradley’s Garden in Taumarunui where you can explore beautiful gardens, a mischievous mini-putt golf course and delicious Devonshire tea before heading home.