As a winter resort town, one can find facilities for accommodation, snow sports, mountain tramping and bushwalking. In recent years the number of events hosted by Ohakune has increased, with both the Big Mountain Short Film Festival and Ohakune Mountain Mardi Gras featuring on the calendar. The Mardi Gras is both a ski party and celebration of winter, and includes musicians, stalls and rides.
Ohakune is also part of the Fallout Festival, an annual event that focuses on bringing creative elements into the community to celebrate the snow season. Ohakune is the home of radio station Zero FM (94.2fm Ohakune)
On the eastern edge of the town there is a large replica of a carrot. This is reputedly the world's largest model carrot, and was originally constructed as a prop for a television advertisement for the ANZ Bank in the early 1980s. After filming the carrot was donated to Ohakune, in recognition of the area's reputation as the source of a high proportion of New Zealand's carrots, and installed in its current position in 1984.
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