Forgotten World Highway, Stratford
(4.1/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web)
Drive into the pioneering past and diverse natural wonders of the Taranaki region on Forgotten World Highway. Following what was once an ancient Maori trade path, the road leaves from Stratford and winds through 155 km (96 mi) of the rich and awe-inspiring landscape of Egmont National Park. Along the way you'll catch views of Mount Taranki, a stunning volcano stretching up into the sky. Also look out for historical settlements in among the native forest, telling stories of the route's past life. Numerous picnic stops and photo ops line the road as it weaves into a forgotten history of mankind's relationship with the natural world. See Forgotten World Highway and all Stratford has to offer by arranging your trip with our Stratford trip itinerary builder.
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  • The Forgotten World highway goes from Taumarunui to Stratford. Length: approx. 150km, 4 hours. Why so long? Average speed: max 50 km/h and that was already bold. It is winding up and down through a breathtaking landscape. Catch: partially, half of the road was no longer available: landslide down: off road, partial landslide/debris from the top: roadway impassable. 11km of the route are not paved and the tunnel has only earth walls, no light and is only single lane. My car (Holden Captiva) had right and left 10cm square. And what can I say? It was awesome! :-D no man on the road, the madness. Mobile phone network is there none. 8) In the independent Republic of Whangamomona made stopover in between (which somehow were not satisfied by the Government district membership and decided one evening in the pub or at the hotel to declare independence and have now their own passports, I have stamped my, 2NZ costs $ in the hotel and goes into the municipal coffers).
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  • On rainy days, such as ours, not so nice. We had still a plate and sat in the middle of the nowhere firmly. Was still worth an experience!
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  • A fantastic scenic and historic, if you read the heritage markers, outing. For maximum pleasure allow 2 -3 days. Don't miss the Whangamomona Hotel.