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Touring Route - Forgotten World Highway

Spanning 150km between Taumarunui and Stratford, the scenic journey winds over mountain saddles and passes through the 180-metre-long Moki tunnel. This mostly sealed road features plenty of scenic walks, lookouts, museums and panoramic views of Mts taranaki, Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngauruhoe. Other highlights include Mt Damper Falls, several 4WD tracks and the tiny settlement of Whangamomona, a small village declared a 'republic' by its residents back in 1988. This backcountry hamlet celebrates its independence every second January when thousands of people flock to its village to partake in a bit of sheep racing, gumboot throwing, whip cracking and possum skinning.

Download the latest Forgotten World Highway brochure here or call into your nearest i-SITE information centre for a copy.

Adobe Acrobat DocumentForgotten World Highway Map
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New Zealand's oldest heritage trail. Follow ancient routes from Taumarunui to Stratford through a world that time forgot.

Note: Although the Forgotten World Highway is only 150 kilometres long, there are no petrol stations along the way, so be sure to fill up your tank before you set out.