Ohakune is a service town on the Southern end of the Tongariro National park, on the central plateau of the North Island. It is used as a base for people who are drawn to the region for the skiing in winter and the camping & tramping (treking). There are many treks throughout the park, for all needs & fitness levels. While it was raining the day we were there we did walk out to Mead’s Wall, of Lord of the Rings fame, and also out to the Tawhai Falls.
It is also known as “Carrot Country”, as the region is the biggest producer of carrots in NZ. This is a fact that you cannot fail to notice as on the eastern edge of town there is a large replica carrot displayed proudly.
We were in the area with some friends from Australia, staying in nearby Raetihi, and bought some locally grown carrots with the intent of turning them into soup. Just the thing on a cool autumn evening in carrot country.
Dulux Ohakune is of course a glorious, carrot inspired, orange.