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The Forgotten World Adventure
Forgotten World Adventures
Inspired by the Otago Rail Trail, take an adventure down raw and beautiful Stratford to Okahukura railway line. Construction began in 1901 and took over 32 years and 24 tunnels build, all of which were carved using pick axes and shovels. Explore the rugged country these early settlers experienced with Forgotten World Adventures. Self-driven rail tours along this now decommissioned railway line. A journey worth taking, you’ll visit many historical sites and hidden valleys only accessed via rail. Book your trip today.
Approximately 45 minutes drive, 65 km north east of Stratford lies the small township of Whangamomona. This quirky town located in the rugged hill country is rich with pioneering history. Settlers first arrived in 1895, and the town was established 2 years later. Whangamomona is one of the highlights along the Forgotten World Highway, a trip you’ll be glad you made.
The Forgotten World Highway is a 150 km highway between Stratford and Taumarunui. It’s more than just a road linking one town to another, it’s a full experience, complete with heritage, and insights into history. The trip is windy, slightly mysterious and the views of unspoiled native bush are spectacular, it’s rare to find land so untouched by the modern world.
This community project based at Purangi in East Taranaki covers 13,000 hectares. It is home to over 4000 western brown kiwi with over 880 breeding pairs. Our ongoing predator control allows the population to continue to increase. This is a success story turning a declining population into one which is growing and is a national stronghold for the future of the North Island Western Brown Kiwi. We are unashamedly parochial, as a community we feel a sense of ownership and responsibility for our kiwi and are proud to be called a kiwi.
At 74 metres high, Mount Damper Falls is one of the highest waterfalls in the North Island of New Zealand. Located in Waitaanga Conservation area, the scenic walk to the falls begins at the Mount Damper Falls carpark off Mangapapa Road. If you’re driving the Forgotten World Highway, a detour to check out these falls will be well worth your while. The trail is a great little excursion for all while on your Forgotten World Adventure.
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