How to get to Ōhakune

Ōhukune is in the centre of the North Island, and can be reached by car, bus and train. The nearest airports are Whanganui and Taupō.

By car

To drive to Ōhakune takes about 4.5 hours from Auckland and 4.15 hours from Wellington.

By bus

Intercity and both operate services to Ōhakune.

By train

The  KiwiRail Northern Explorer train service stops in Ōhakune. The service travels from Wellington to Auckland on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, and from Auckland to Wellington on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. View the timetable.

Festival venue

powderhorn-chateauOur Festival base is at the Powderhorn Chateau, 194 Mangawhero Terrace, Ōhakune Junction.

We’ll have most of our sessions in either the Turoa Room or the more café-style Matterhorn, both of which are upstairs on the first floor. Doorsales and information will be available on the first floor. Enter through the main doors on Mangawhero Terrace and either take the lift or go up one flight of stairs. There’ll be a books table and decks for festival-goers to relax on in breaks between the sessions. A cash bar will be open for some events held in The Matterhorn.

For events at other venues, the shuttles will leave from outside the Powderhorn.

Where to stay

There are a wide range of accommodation options in Ōhakune, from hotels and motels, to baches and houses, to camping.

Find out more about Ōkahune and accommodation options on the Visit Ohakune and sites.

If you want to stay at the centre of the action, at the Powderhorn Chateau (where the Festival is based), let them know that you’re attending the Ruapehu Writers Festival when you book to receive a discount on your accommodation.