Forgotten World Highway, Stratford

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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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  • travelling right through the gorge was amazing,really glad we drove through it,AMAZING,wouldnt have missed it for anything,stratford was end of road and was really worth the drive  more »
  • This is a twisty, windy, narrow road with alot of one lane bridges, one lane stretches and can be bumpy and rough. BUT, it also has some great scenery and alot of things you will not see elsewhere. Li...  more »
  • We stayed in Taumarunui on our trip across the north island of NZ. We were going to New Plymouth next so it looked like the forgotten world highway would be a good adventure. I was a little concerned ...  more »
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  • For my birthday, partner surprised me with the short but sweet 5 tunnel turnaround train track journey. It was a very pleasant experience. I loved the unique idea of using the previously abandoned train lines to see a part of the country side you would normally not see. All the guides were very friendly and knowledgeable. The views were stunning. And the small village that we stopped in for tea was cute and quaint. We would have never seen the place otherwise. Since this was for my birthday, they went out of their way to make sure it was a special one for us. They even gave me one of their nice hats as a gift! I definitely want to come back and do the full line all the way to Stratford! Maybe with a peddle version of their train cart, too!
  • I spent 2 weeks touring through Australia and New Zealand with my husband, daughter, and granddaughter between Thanksgiving and Christmas 2016. Everyday was packed with activities and sightseeing. When my daughter told me we would be spending an afternoon riding golf carts along an old railroad route, I thought how exciting could that be? We were late arriving at the office for our tour due to a missed turn en-route. The owner loaded us into his car and delivered us to the embarkation point in time to make our tour. As it turns out I think the afternoon spent riding those golf carts was possibly the most enjoyable adventure I had on the entire trip. Maybe because I was so tired rushing from one location to the next while still adjusting to an 18 hour time difference that having the chance to sit for a couple of hours seemed like a welcome reprieve, but it was absolutely some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. The staff was extremely friendly, the guide was informative, and the scenery was amazing. Its away from the bigger cities in New Zealand, and not on what I would call the main tourist line, but I think it's worth the effort to get there. There were two seat golf carts and 4 seaters like the one we rode in. I definitely recommend the golf cart trip at Forgotten World Adventures, and I absolutely loved New Zealand - gorgeous country - courteous, friendly people!
  • What a wonderful day we had when we experienced the Forgotten World between Taumarunui and Whangamomona on the 20 Tunnel Tour. A must-do activity for locals and tourists alike. The knowledgeable guides will have lots of historical gems and stories to share. The onboard booklet is a great way to connect to former times. Dive into history and experience this hidden treasure. The heart of the King Country is calling.
  • Fabulous adventure. Expensive.
  • We had a wonderful family adventure on the 20 tunnel tour. Our guide Griff was friendly and super knowledgable about the history of the area. The rail carts are an ingenious use of an otherwise unused asset and so much fun. We really enjoyed exploring this forgotten part of our beautiful country.