Top things to do

Top Choice Cafe in Ohakune


Bagels, innovative salads, and tasty American and Tex Mex–influenced dishes combine with the best coffee in town at this modern spot on Ohakune's main drag. There's a strong focus on organic ingredients and sustaina…
Bar in Ohakune

Mountain Rocks

A log-cabin-like space with a nod to the all-American diner. Join the locals for cheap beers and a no-surprises selection (mains $14 to $33) of big-portion burgers, lamb shanks, steaks, and fish and chips. Buzzy gar…
Supermarket in Ohakune

New World

Self-caterers should head for New World, your best bet for stocking up before heading to National Park Village or Whakapapa.
International in Whakapapa Village

Ruapehu Room

The Chateau Tongariro Hotel's elegant à la carte option. Bookings are recommended and note that gentlemen dining must wear a collared shirt and long trousers.
Cafe in Tongariro National Park

Fergusson’s Cafe

Fergusson’s is a casual tearoom with outdoor tables, and proffers pies, sandwiches, cakes and coffee.
Pub in Whakapapa Village

Tussock Bar & Restaurant

An agreeable hybrid of the back-blocks Kiwi pub and a ski clubrooms, Tussock is a warm and comfortable place to eat a basic meal ($5 to $18; bacon and egg muffins, pizza, burgers), play pool, watch the big game, or …
Carnival in Ohakune

Carrot Carnival

The Carrot Carnival at Ohakune is celebrated in early June with a parade and lots of dressing up in orange.
Pub in National Park Village


This popular pub has a meat-fest menu (meals $14 to $28), open fire, big-screen TV, pool table and a handy ATM. Things crank up on wintry weekends, and it's recently added a mini-golf course out the front to entice …
Cafe in National Park Village

Station Cafe

Count your blessings ye who find this little railway station along the line, a lovely old dear, restored with care and now serving eggy brunches, sandwiches, coffee and yummy cakes, plus an impressive à la carte eve…
Restaurant in Ohakune


The Powderkeg is the party bar of the Powderhorn Chateau, with DJs in winter and occasional dancing on the tables. Food-wise, it's also no slouch year-round with top-notch burgers and pizza, meaty mains such as lamb…