The village has a population of little more than 200 and has a primary school, a ski shop, garage, hotel, accommodation lodges, motel, cottages for hire and bed and breakfast/homestay places.
The village is one of the most picturesque in New Zealand with a backdrop of native forest and Mount Ruapehu.
In the spring, the village trees and gardens are alive with native birds, most notably Tui and Kererū and is often a favourite spot for Forest & Bird members to travel to and enjoy bird watching. A delightful domain set amongst native forest features large open playing fields, children’s play area and two tennis courts.
A loop track through Ohinetonga Scenic Reserve begins at the picnic area by the Whakapapa River Bridge and takes two to three hours to walk.
It passes through the different forest types and offers beautiful views of the river and surrounding landscape. A boardwalk crosses Ohinetonga lagoon, which is full of water lilies.
Beyond the lagoon, the track leads back down to the river and a good swimming hole.
Visit our town website at www.owhango.net.nz for more information.