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Ohakune Mardi Gras and Mt Ruapehu

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If you’re looking to shred some powder by day and then carve up the dance floor with your sweet, free-styling moves by night; then grab your best mates and a Mighty campervan​ for a wild winter night of high-octane fun at New Zealand’s most epi​c snow party – the Ohakune Mardi Gras. Make sure you check out our Ohakune Mardi Gras special - starting from $22 a day!

Kicking off on the 28th of June 2014, the Ohakune Mardi Gras is one crazy night of street performers, delicious stalls, electric light shows and deep bass - all in the centre of Ohakune. Situated 600 metres above sea-level, just 1,000 metres from the icy slopes of Mt Ruapehu, experience the carnival atmosphere where all revelers are encouraged to dress up in fancy dress and party the night away.


Who’s playing at Ohakune Mardi Gras 2014?

The lineup for the 2014 Ohakune Mardi Gras has just been confirmed with the headline act, Peking Duk, scheduled to cut loose their heavy beats on all the snow bunnies and hares at The Junction. The acclaimed dance duo from Canberra, have been supported by dance doyens - Tiesto, Steve Aoki and A-Trak, as well as have two singles reach number one on the ARIA Club Charts. Their funky electronic beats, including their hit ‘High,’ will have you jumping for more.

Also set to take the stage is New Zealand’s own, MT Eden. Considered to be one of New Zealand’s best dubstep dj duos, Mt Eden boast more than 100 million collective plays on YouTube – more than any other New Zealand act, ever. Their track ‘Sierra Leone’ is a crowd favourite.

Weird Together is a live project from NZ Producer / DJ extraordinaire Dick Johnson and George FM Breakfast Host / Making Tracks TV presenter, Nick Dwyer. They will be bringing their strange and wonderful mix of sounds to your raving ears; while New Zealand quartet, Whistlejacket, will be playing their sweet electronic melodies over a surging dance floor. Tickets to the party event start at $45NZD and can be purchased at

What else is there to do at Mt Ruapehu?

After an epic night of partying, don’t waste the day nursing that hangover. Instead, head up to the ski fields at Turoa and Whakapapa for some of the best snow action in the North Island.

​ With the highest ski lift in New Zealand – the “Highnoon Express” - and the longest vertical decent in Australasia, the slopes of Mt. Ruapehu are all about giving you the sweetest and longest runs down the mountain. We recommend purchasing a Mt. Ruapehu lift pass, which gives you access to the slopes at both Whakapapa and Turoa. ​



Located on the south-western slopes of Mt Ruapehu, the Turoa Ski region belongs to the Ngati Rangi and Ngati Uenuku people and is known to have a slope suiting all ski levels. Beginners can learn the ropes of skiing and snowboarding at the Alpine Meadow, while advanced skiers will be spoilt for choice with 25 black and black diamond runs, including the natural half-pipes and chutes of Organ Pipes and Solitude. If you are up for a further challenge, head to the back country and risk it all on the Triangle or the steep r​uns on Hamilton’s Face.


Whakapapa is New Zealand’s largest ski area and is located on the north-western face of Mt Ruapehu. Like Turoa, the Whakapapa ski fields offer a large range of runs to suit all styles and experience levels. Take some ski lessons with a qualified instructor in Happy Valley or run the 30 intermediate trails, which are filled with exciting bumps, chutes, drops, bowls and wide turns.

​ For those with the mountain running through their veins, the wild Black Magic back country is challenging for even the most seasoned skier.

Getting there​

If you are not that confident in conquering the mountain by road, don’t despair. The road access to the slopes of Turoa and Whakapapa are some of the best in New Zealand and the fully-sealed, two lane drive is ideal for campervans. That said; make sure you take the proper pre-cautions before rolling out on the icy roads. For more information about Mt Ruapehu and to book your ski lift pass​es, visit



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