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The 2018 population for Ohakune is 1,182, with a population density of 1.84 persons per hectare.


Note: This page displays the area boundaries used for the 2018 Census. In some cases, these are significantly different to the pre-2018 areas. For more on this, see the Census 2018 page.

Name origin

Ohakune is named from the Māori words “o” meaning “place of” and “hakune” meaning “to be careful”.

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Settlement history

European settlement dates from the late 1800s when the township was established. Growth took place during the early 1900s, spurred by the opening of the railway line and saw milling. Market gardening was established in the 1920s, along with sheep and cattle farming. The population began to decline from the 1970s. The population continued to decline between 1996 and 2013, largely due to a decline in dwelling occupancy rates.

Land use

Ohakune is a township area with surrounding rural-residential land. The population of the area increases substantially during the ski season.

Major features

Major features of the area include Ohakune Railway Museum, Christie Park, Jubilee Park, Rochfort Park, Ohakune Domain, Ohakune Pool, the Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail, the Northern Explorer train and several schools.