The Ohakune Central Backpackers

The Ohakune Central Backpackers


Great place to stay, tidy rooms, large kitchen. Nice host and free spa.... Thanks Denies

Book online : The Ohakune Central Backpackers is located in downtown Ohakune just few minutes walk from the main bus stop, cafes, restaurants and supermarket.

We have six backpacker cabins that each sleep a maximum of four people. These are currently being insulated for your comfort so photos will be posted once this is finished. We have also installed central heating. You can book a whole cabin with it's own shower, toilet and kitchenette or share the same facilities with no more than 3 other people. The cabins have double, single beds and bunks. The k

Operating as usual


Mountains to Sea NZ

Great news!!

Fantastic news - thanks to the hardwork from the communities of Ruapehu and Ruapehu District Council, thanks to announcements from Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and the Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones, we will be starting work soon on new trails. Imagine riding through the forest along the new #TeAraMangawhero trail from Turoa to Ohakune. Loop across to Horopito from half way down. Connect Ohakune Old Coach Road to National Park Village riding through Pōkākā and Makatote valleys – on hidden old State highway paths and the popular Marton Sash and Door tramline trails.

Couple this with the fantastic work that Department of Conservation is doing on the #Mangapurua (#Bridgetonowhere) and #Kaiwhakauka this summer... and the new Bridge at #Upokongaro across the Whanganui river... The Mountains to Sea - Nga Ara Tuhono cycle trails with our significant historical and cultural connections really are must do multi day adventure ride on the do more now bucket list!

#ruapehunz #zoomtoruapehu #discoverwhanganui #nzcycletrail #backyourbackyardnz #nationalparkvillage #ohakunenz #nzadventurerides #NZmountainbiking #greatrides #tearamangawhero #doctgovtnz


Ruapehu NZ

Congratulations Aotearoa, we made it it to level 1. Now it's time to Zoom to Ruapehu for a fun outdoor adventure! 🌞 🗻 😍 #RuapehuProud #OurGreaterOutdoors #ZoomToRuapehu


Mt Ruapehu, Whakapapa & Tūroa Ski Areas

Turoa update

Kia ora,

We are still 7-8 weeks away from our traditional full mountain opening date, and as we’ve seen in the past 7-8 weeks, a lot can happen in that time!
The news yesterday around Alert Level 2 is promising and we will be able to release more information mid next week once we have confirmation of the timeframe to move to Alert 2 and any restrictions attached to that. We’re hopeful for a winter here at Mt Ruapehu. Here’s Dingo with the Turoa update from the week.

In the meantime, stay in your bubble and help us have a winter this year!


Mt Ruapehu, Whakapapa & Tūroa Ski Areas

Have you woken up in your bubble this morning and felt the chill in the air? It must be snow! Check out these stunning images from Whakapapa and Turoa this morning courtesy of our hardworking maintenance teams. The first top to bottom snowfall of the year! Winter is coming ☃️


Looking good!

As Andy mentioned in our update yesterday, our operational team are back on-mountain under Alert Level 3! Here's a look at the Giant Chair at Tūroa today. This project had to be paused for Alert Level 4 as with all other work during that period. The team are looking to resume and catch up on as many projects as possible.

In case you missed it, after 41 years of hard service the much-loved Giant triple chair at Tūroa is receiving an upgrade. RAL has signed a contract with Doppelmayr NZ to complete a significant overhaul of the lift electrical controls, hydraulics, braking and safety systems.

The project has a value of approximately $2m and will improve the reliability of the lift and reduce the risk of a breakdown causing an extended outage.

For more information related to how we are currently operating under COVID-19 Alert Level 3, check out 23/01/2020

Old Coach road comes of age - Wilderness Magazine The Ohakune Old Coach Road is a trail more than 100 years in the making, described as one of New Zealand’s best half-day rides.


TCB Ohakune

10cm to the base, and cold temps mean that all snow guns are blazing! THE WAIT IS NEARLY OVER!!! Bring on the season! Thanks for the pic Ruben.


Concord Dawn

as an odd coincidence this picture was taken on this exact date - so 1 year ago today Evan Kiljoy and I were hanging out at his place in Rarotonga....talked about our history and a few other bits and bobs over some swims and some whiskeys...

1 year later we have half a dozen new tracks together and we are both stoked to be playing our first set together in about a decade at Ohakune Mardi Gras 2019 with the legend Tiki on the mic

hope to see ya there! :)


Canoe Safaris New Zealand

What a great way to kick off the Easter holidays!

Keep summer alive by joining our fantastic all inclusive guided Whanganui River Safaris.
The following trips still have a few spaces available
12th April three day trip. (6 spaces here)
16th April four day adventure.
22nd April five day trip.
23rd April, four day trip.

We are heavily discounting these trips so please contact us now on 0800 272 335 for your personalised quote!

Look forward to seeing you soon...happy paddling!


TCB Ohakune

Hows your Sunday going? Ours is going pretty good!! #pow #faceshots #turoa



Over 50% of the entire festival sold out overnight. But here's your chance to join us...

Limited general admission tickets are now on sale:

WIN: Like, share or comment on this post, and we'll chuck you in the draw for a meet & greet backstage at Ohakune MARDI GRAS 2018 🍾


The Ohakune Central Backpackers


Department of Conservation

For our TNP Partial Plan Change video series meet avid Mountain Biker and Surveyor Dean Sherrit who's been out in the bush exploring where the proposed trails could go to best mitigate any environmental impacts along with showcasing some long lost tracks and tramways.
Whether for or against the partial plan changes, join us on this journey and have your say!

[09/08/16]   Turoa ski area has had 60 cms of fresh snow over the past two days! Spring skiing at it's best. Where the hell are you? 29/08/2016

Turoa's abominable snowman He created his own snow cave, complete with front balcony, and had plans to put a window in. Then he was arrested.


Epic day up here


There is always a bit of this if the mountain is closed

Double Backpacker Cabins 22/07/2016

Double Backpacker Cabins

21/07/2016 Hire one of our super speedy yellow sleds from the Rentals department today and try out the purpose-built sliding park in the base area!


The Ohakune Central Backpackers's cover photo 21/07/2016

New dating app is like Tinder for skiers Calling all single skiers and snowboarders – there's a new app for you. LuvByrd, a dating app targeted at thrill seeking, adventurous types, has just been launched in the US. The brainchild of self-proclaimed ski bum Mike Keshian, LuvByrd is aimed at helping outdoorsy, ski and snowboard enthusiasts…


The Ohakune Central Backpackers




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