Much of Ohakune’s rich history revolves around the railway. ‘The Junction’ area of the township was the original hub of the settlement serving the engineers, laborer's and early passengers of the railway. Several of the buildings in this part of town date back to the construction of the tracks in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
At the side of these all-important tracks sits the Railway Museum, a converted 1930s railway shed that was re-located to Ohakune in 1990 and is now home to a selection of fascinating displays on the history of the railway and settlement in the region.
There are currently five exhibitions showing including a moving display of the Tangiwai Disaster that happened in 1953, come and visit us in Ohakune.