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The Ohakune Carrot Adventure Park

Come and see the world famous carrot and enjoy some time in the park and playground.

Maybe not so much 'Don't Miss' as 'Impossible to Miss', this roadside tribute to Ohakune's biggest crop was erected in 1984 and quickly became one of NZ’s most hugged ‘Big Things’. Carrots were first grown in the area during the 1920s by Chinese settlers, who cleared the land by hand and explosives. Ohakune now grows two-thirds of the North Island's total crop.

At 7.5 metres tall, this is a very large model of the tasty orange vegetable and has been installed in the same spot since 1984. The Biggest Vegetable in New Zealand was built for a TV commercial for ANZ Bank and then donated to the town. The area is famed for its farms and carrot production.

The famous giant carrot is joined vegetable friends including Crimson King the Superlative Swede, Sir Lancelot the Brussels sprout, Perla the Potato, and Panorama Parsnip.

Enjoys the fun swings, slides and ropes.  Check out a photo opportunity in the Carrot Rocket and Carrot Mazda Car!

Summer 2023, The Ohakune Carrot was voted Landmark of the Year according to a public vote carried out by one NZ main fossil fuel companies.

Congratulations Ohakune Carrot Park!

Kid Playing in the Carrot Rocket at the Ohakune Carrot Adventure Park - Visit Ruapehu.jpg

Ohakune Carrot - Visit Ruapehu .jpg

Test the Exercise machines and hopscotch.  Ride the new lengthy Flying Fox - just for the kids!

Try the Endurance Course - it is a challenge.  Why not try timing yourself?

Bike the pump tracks and enjoy challenging yourself to the varying levels.

Learn from our Night Sky Panel about the galaxy we see here in the district.

Please respect the beautiful gardens and peaceful areas to sit and enjoy the Mangateitei Stream, the bird life, majestic trees and blooms.

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