Ohakune - Bike and Hire

Enjoy a romantic getaway in Ohakune! Stay at this hidden gem, enjoy mountain and gentle river views and a glass of wine after traveling the Old Coach Road, Waitonga falls walk and a night in town.

3 Day/2 Nights from $1159 for 2 (off peak rate)
Call Ruapehu i-SITE 0800 647 483 for availability and pricing for your chosen departure.

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With fantastic reviews, there is no doubting this is the perfect weekend getaway for you and your loved one. Set beside the clear waters of the Mangawhero river, overlooking Mt Ruapehu, here you can enjoy a leisurely ride along the Old Coach Road, an accompanied walk to Waitonga falls followed by dinner with your discount voucher, topped off with a soak in the outdoor spa with a glass of wine!  

Your Itinerary


Day 1 - Friday

📍 Auckland/Hamilton - Ohakune by Chartered Heritage Train
☕ Morning tea aboard train
🍽️ 10% off voucher available for selected restaurants

A rail adventure begins. Our friendly train-mad staff are ready to greet you onboard at your choice of boarding location. The journey south from Pukekohe takes you through the outer fringes of Auckland and into the Waikato. Our journey to Hamilton will be a mixture of rural farmland and their community centres like Te Kauwhata and Huntly. Be sure to check out the Whangamarino wetlands, the Waikato river and Huntly power station before curving our way through the Taupiri gorge. After our departure from Hamilton, we make quick stops for passengers at Te Awamutu and Otorohanga. Te Kuiti marks the gateway to the real “Main Trunk Line”.

Our train will start to climb the steep grades, keep an eye out for the 132 year old Waiteti viaduct. Entering the Porootarao tunnel signals we have reached our summit. From here, we descend to the Ongarue river valley which guides us to Taumarunui. After a quick stop we then follow the Whanganui and Whakapapa rivers for half the trip to the foot of the world renowned Raurimu Spiral. This engineering masterpiece overcomes a 139 metre height difference by spiralling up the volcanic rock escarpment. Catch several glimpses of the town as we climb the various levels of the spiral while also passing through two tunnels. As we burst out of the second of the two tunnels, we have reached the top of the spiral itself. We continue to climb towards National Park for a brief stop to set down passengers. From here, we embark on the final 30 minute gallop across the central plateau including cross the imposing 79 metre high Makatote viaduct and passing through native bush land.

We glide past the famous Smash Palace at Horopito before making our final descent over the 414 metre long Hapuawhenua viaduct and finally arrive into Ohakune. A shuttle bus will be awaiting your arrival at Ohakune and will take you to your accommodation to settle in. Take the short scenic walk into town for dinner and a couple of drinks before heading back to your quaint accommodation on the river.

Outward

Auckland (Pukekohe) dep. 9.05am
Hamilton (Frankton)
dep. 11.00am
Te Awamutu
dep. 11.40am
Otorohanga dep. 12.05.pm
Taumarunui arr. 1.45pm
National Park
arr. 3.15pm
Ohakune arr. 3.55pm

Day 2 - Saturday

📍 Ohakune
🍽️ Breakfast at accommodation
🍽️ Packed lunch
🍽️ 10% off voucher available for selected restaurants

Pull back the curtains and take in the beautiful views. Time for breakfast then gear up for your transfer to the Old Coach Road trails and begin your adventure back in time. This road was built in the early 1900s to form a link between the two railheads of the North Island Main Trunk line. The road passes through farmland, into native bush over the magnificent original Hapuawhenua viaduct down to the Mangawhero stream and into Ohakune. Stop along the way and feast on your packed lunch amongst the wilderness.

Back at Ohakune, you have the option of an accompanied walk to Waitonga falls. Waitonga falls is Tongariro National Park’s highest waterfall. The 39 metre waterfall, is reached via a well-formed track through mountain beech and kaikawaka (mountain cedar) forest. On clear calm days there are fantastic views of Mount Ruapehu and the surrounding countryside. You can see reflections of the mountain in the Rotokawa pools, part of an alpine wetland area.

Race back to your unit for a relaxing spa before heading into town for dinner and a bevvy of two!!

Day 3 - Sunday

📍 Ohakune - Auckland/Hamilton by Chartered Heritage Train
🍽️ Breakfast at accommodation
☕ Afternoon tea aboard train

Time to sadly pack your bags, but not before breakfast! Head into town for breakfast and explore the local shops, get a picture under the Ohakune Carrot and try out some of the local town walkways or head up to the Mangawhero stream and trek a couple of the short, easy walks in the Mangawhero forest. Or just stop in at the station café for morning tea before your train whisks you away home.

Inbound


Ohakune dep. 11.30am
National Park
dep. 12.10pm
Taumarunui dep. 1.10pm
Otorohanga arr. 3.00pm
Te Awamutu
arr. 3.25pm
Hamilton (Frankton)
arr. 3.55pm
Auckland (Pukekohe)
arr.5.55pm

Accommodation


Two Rivers accommodation is nestled off the highway and ideally located next to the Mangawhero river with stunning mountain views. Two Rivers Ohakune features free WiFi and views of mountain in Ohakune. The accommodation features ski storage space, a drying room and a hot tub. Guests can enjoy river views.

The units in the bed and breakfast are equipped with a Smart flat-screen TV. Rooms are complete with an en suite bathroom fitted with a shower and heated towel rail. All units at Two Rivers Ohakune also offer a seating area. Guest rooms will provide guests with a toaster and tea and coffee making facilities.

A complimentary bottle of wine and chocolates await your arrival, you will also find 10% discount vouchers for selected local restaurants too!

The Heritage Train Journey


The North Island Main Trunk is steeped in local and Maori history. Opened completely between Auckland and Wellington in 1908 after over 30 years of construction, the “Main Trunk” passes through many rural settlements and towns which were connected up to the major cities by the coming of the railway. The section we travel over covers the main centres of Pukekohe and Hamilton, followed by rural towns like Otorohanga, Te Kuiti, Taumarunui, National Park and Ohakune. The railway geography is diverse, from rolling hills to the steepest sustained climbs up the extreme gradients south of Taumarunui. Our journey passes through the UNESCO World Heritage site of Tongariro National Park, as well as conservation land, farms and forests.

Selected Highlights Include:

  • Travel over the North Island Main Trunk line on an exclusive heritage train
  • Traverse the world famous Raurimu Spiral
  • Cross over the spectacular Waiteti, Makatote and Hapuawhenua Viaducts
  • Track our path along the Ongarue and Whakapapa river valleys
  • Pass through the Porootarao and Raurimu tunnels
  • Stunning Mountain views and spectacular scenery

This heritage train operated by the Glenbrook Vintage Railway will be hauled by restored locomotive DBR1254. Originally built as a DB class locomotive by General Motors Diesel Canada in 1965, this locomotive was rebuilt by Clyde Engineering Australia in 1981. In 2017 the Glenbrook Vintage Railway took ownership of DBR1254 which underwent an intense overhaul before returning to mainline service in 2019.

The carriages date from 1939/1940 and would have made thousands of journeys up and down the main trunk. The carriages retain key features including the iconic flip-over seats, though have been tastefully redecorated for enhanced passenger comfort. The guard’s van that travels with these carriages provides an open viewing area for an uninterrupted view of the amazing countryside.

Inclusions


  • Return train travel from Pukekohe/Hamilton/Te Awamutu/Otorohanga to Ohakune and return.
  • Two nights' accommodation at Two Rivers Ohakune.
  • Transfers from Ohakune station to Two Rivers Ohakune.
  • Transfers to activities on Saturday.
  • Breakfast Saturday and Sunday.
  • Packed lunch Saturday.
  • Bike hire for Old Coach Road and accompanies Waitonga waterfall hike.
  • Complimentary bottle of wine and chocolates.
  • Outdoor spa.
  • 10% discount vouchers for selected Ohakune restaurants for dinner. 
  • Free local walks.
  • Complimentary light refreshments on outbound and homebound rail journeys.

Terms and Conditions


Full standard Terms and Conditions can be found here: https://www.gvr.org.nz/terms

Additional conditions:

COVID-19

In the event that the NZ government imposes COVID-19 restrictions preventing the GVR train tour from operating, a refund of monies paid may be given, net of any outgoings or payments already made by GVR in conjunction with the operation and organisation of these tours on written application within 7 days of the scheduled date of travel.

Visit Ruapehu and Ruapehu District i-SITE Visitor Centre Conditions

These packages are organised through Visit Ruapehu and the Ruapehu District i-SITE Visitor Centres who handle all accommodation, transfers, and activities for these packages. Please contact them on 0800 647 483 or email them at isite@ruapehudc.govt.nz for their terms and conditions which apply to your booking.

All packages are subject to availability, after you place your booking the i-SITE will confirm your arrangements with the individual providers and operators.
If parts of your chosen package are unavailable, the i-SITE will work with you to provide a suitable substitution/customisation or we will refund you fully.

The Glenbrook Vintage Railway Charitable Trust Board will not be held liable for any damages arising from errors or omissions in the information provided for you on this website.

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For Peak Season Departures availability is limited, so you need to book through the Ruapehu i-SITE. Give them a call on 0800 647 483 or email them at isite@ruapehudc.govt.nz.

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