Ohakune - NORTH ISLAND
If you're driving along a road in the southern half of the North Island and pass by a carrot lying squashed on the road, it's likely you're somewhere near Ohakune - New Zealand's carrot capital.
Not only is the small alpine town known for its carrots. It has a reputation for adventure and beauty as well.
Located at the southern base of Mt Ruapehu, Ohakune's population swells during the winter with skiers and snowboarders from all over the North Island and beyond.
Summer on the volcanic plateau makes Ohakune a destination for mountain bikers, trekkers and those just wanting to experience peaceful scenery. of the North Island's volcanic plateau.
Mt Ruapehu, an active volcano, has provided its fair share of action with two impressive eruptions within the last 10 years.