Ohakune is the town at the southern gateway to the Tongariro National Park World Heritage Site. It is the ski capital of the North Island, and home to around 1600 people. In summer, it’s an attractive base for numerous outdoor and adventure activities, and in winter, a lively snow sports centre.
It is primarily the winter season upon which the Turoa Yurt Village concept is built. The winter season sees an influx of some 10,000 people, all requiring accommodation in Ohakune.
The existing yurts have over the years generated solid returns. With a continual shortage of beds in the area, and a $15 million expansion of Turoa Ski Field, the main ski field that serves Ohakune, the number of visitors seeking accommodation will only increase.
Ohakune has seen a surge in property sales and development in response to this greater demand for accommodation. Click here for the map!
As a visitor, you'll find Ohakune to be a hotbed of activity during the winter months, and like the photo suggests, some crazy things can happen.
And the skiing is unparalleled. Turoa Ski Field has the longest runs in New Zealand, and it and neighbouring Whakapapa Ski Field proudly lay claim to the title of most popular ski fields in New Zealand. Even Queenstown's ski runs pale in comparison -- Turoa and Whakapapa have more that twice as many runs, the runs are longer, and the ski season itself typically lasts up to two months longer.
During the summer months, the region offers numerous walks, hikes and outdoor activities, as well as being a central base for dozens of adventure sports, including skydiving and the world's most extreme flying fox. Ohakune and the region also attract numerous film productions throughout the year.
But with limited accommodation, this expanding activity centre needs a unique concept like Turoa Yurt Village.