Ohakune, about 4-hour drive from Wellington, is the gateway to the two ski fields on Mt. Ruapehu, namely, Turoa and Whakapapa. It is a ski capital of the north island, also been dubbed as the Carrot Capital of New Zealand. Why Carrot Capital? Beats me! I didn't see any carrot there apart from one giant carrot while entering the town. May be I should also put a giant piggy in front of my house then I can call it the Piggy Home of New Zealand!!!!! Muahahaha. Ok, not funny.