Whangamomona is a law unto its own and is known for doing things differently. This is evident when it became a republic in 1989 and in 2018 with its totally unique tourism style. Whangamomona has a population of just 12 and recently had its first new building built in over 5 decades. But don’t let this fool you. It is a vibrant little town that if you blink, you might miss it, but if you don’t you are in for a treat on so many levels. From its unique and friendly locals, to its quaint style of living, you really feel like you have travelled to a different world when you enter Whangamomona. Whether you drive the scenic Forgotten World Highway to enter Whangamomona, or if you get there via the Forgotten World Adventures rail carts, you are sure to be impressed. It’s not hard to imagine a time 50 years ago when the road was unsealed and the gruelling trek it must have been to get over all of those saddles to get to Stratford. You can get a real sense of the history as you travel those roads and feel a connection to those generations before us. You can see why the rail line was an essential heart line for the locals all those years ago and it is such a privilege to be able to travel those same tracks and take in the breath-taking beauty that is unfolding before your eyes. If an authentic experience is what you are after, then look no further than Whangamomona.

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