The town that the Forgotten World Highway forgot. Once a bustling coal mining settlement and later a prison, Ohura is now reminiscent of a ghost town.

Sporting a Cosmopolitan Club, a Mexican Food cart and a school, the majestic main street is a time capsule. The facades of former stores keep the history alive, including a fading, former Ford Motor Company dealership and general store.

A stroll around the town and down the side streets and discover a museum, a former bowling club, and arguably the stoutest railway underpass in NZ.

What Ohura lacks in population, it more than makes up for with old-time charm.

Wildlife: 0

Scenic: 1/2

History / Points of Interest: 1

Quiet / Relaxed: 1

Visit again: 1

Smiles per Hour rating: 3.5


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