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“Spectacular road trip”

Ranked #1 of 32 things to do in Stratford
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 24 April 2014

We have been through Taumaranui so many times but this Easter we especially planned a road trip to do the highway. WE WERE NOT DISAPPOINTED. staying the night at Waitomo we good to the start at 09:00 and arrived into New Plymouth at 1730. the highway is 150 k s long and is a rural road with 12k unsealed. THe scenery is breathtaking and rivals the bush roads in the South Island. It is an easy drive. Take your time and do the side trips. The Damper falls are well worth the 30K round trip and anyone can walk the 1 k into the falls. go Down to the second viewing platform. Lunch and a pint at the WHANGA hotel is compulsory. SUCH an awesome weekend.

2  Thank Sharon and Doug M
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Reviewed 9 April 2014

We travelled this road from one end to the other and found it incredibly daunting. We are experienced drivers and struggled to make it through safely, despite travelling at an average speed of 60km/hr and often slower because of the rain. Large chunks of rock and earth had fallen onto the road (often on blind corners) and obstructed the already narrow path. The gravelled area was tricky to navigate in the wet weather and visibility was poor. We were more concerned about other careless drivers than our own driving as they often sped around corners quite quickly. It was very difficult to experience and appreciate the positive side of Nz wonderful wilderness because of the challenges we face don't eh road. It was suggested that we allow 3.5 hours for the trip but it took us just under six hours.

5  Thank leah251287
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Reviewed 6 March 2014

I travelled on the Golf carts on the Forgotten rail trail from Taumarunui to Whagamomona last weekend It was a day to remember the weather was fine & not to cold but we where wrapped up tThe rail goes though about 24 tunnels on its way the carts are set to run along the rails you only have to push a pedal to start & stop them Our tour leader was Maree who was so knowlegble about the area and stopped often to show us points of interest Morning tea Lunch & Afternoon tea was supplied Lunch was yummy Arriving at Whagamomona we where given a voucher to use at the Pub which is a attraction of its own This Tourist attraction is one that should be showen to all as it is New Zealand as it used to be

1  Thank 904margaret
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Reviewed 26 February 2014

Unfortunately the day we chose to drive the Forgotten World Highway, the weather had packed up and we did most of the route in the rain. But what we did see made us decide that we must return and spend time visiting all the sites. The road is only 155 km long and follows ancient Maori trade routes and remnants of pioneering life of New Zealand's early settlers. There are more than 30 historic or natural points of interest to see. Dodging showers, we stopped where we could, looking at landings where the boats unloaded supplies brough up the Whanganui River to waterfalls, grave sites and great views of the surrounding countryside. We miss what we read are fabulous views to the Central Plateau, amts Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngaruahoe to Mt Taranaki in the west. We towed a large caravan over this road and there wasn't very much room in the parking areas at the various points of interest to park a large caravan so we will definitely return to this area and have a more comprehensive look at everything there is to see.

1  Thank wendhmagz
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Reviewed 20 February 2014

This is a very scenic way to get from Tongariro N.P. to Taranaki. The 151-kilometre drive takes in lots of one-lane bridges, curving roads, high saddles with panoramic views, a deep gorge and stretches of alpine meadows. The road narrows to a single lane for very short distances a few times, there's some gravel and the tunnel is a bit scary, even in a small car. But there wasn't much traffic, mostly small cars and a couple of camper vans and motor homes. Biggest worry was a driver up ahead unaccustomed to both gravel and driving on the left. A very pleasant four hours, including a stop to look at the gorge and the grave of the surveyor who charted the road through it. Good lunch at the Whangamomona pub. As another reviewer notes, it's worth doing but not worth going too far out of your way for.

Thank SeriousFrolic
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