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Ohakune is a small town in the North Island of New Zealand, situated 215 kilometres north of Wellington and 292 kilometres south of Auckland. It is located at the southern end of the Tongariro National Park, close to the southwestern slopes of the active volcano Mount Ruapehu.

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The Northern Explorer is New Zealand's longest running passenger scenic service, running between Auckland and Wellington, stopping at Palmerston North, Ohakune, National Park and Hamilton.


You can bring all your ski gear, your mountain bike and two suitcases packed with thick winter clothing on the train - they've got plenty of room, along with a cafe carriage, on-board commentary and outside viewing carriage!



Ohakune travel time:-

4h 22m from Auckland,

5h 53m from Gisbourne,

3h 4m from Hamilton,

3h 23m from New Plymouth,

2h 3m from Palmerston North

2h 40m from Rotorua

1h 44m from Taupo,  

3h 29m from Tauranga,

3h 39m from Wellington,



Ohakune is on the InterCity Coachlines' 6407 Palmerston North-Auckland direct route. The service operates daily in both directions. There is no direct bus from Wellington but take service 7002 to Bulls and change onto the 6412 to Ohakune.

InterCity operates a daily bus Auckland to Ohakune with cheep fares starting from just $1 (+booking fee). The trip from  takes approximately 6 hours 30 minutes, with stops and meal breaks along the way.