How can you not be intrigued by a road called the “Forgotten World Highway”? It is so called due to the fact that it’s New Zealand’s oldest heritage trail. So whether you’re taking the few hours’ drive or a few days’ bike ride, there’s many reasons worth stopping for on this 155km highway between Stratford and Taumarunui. Find snippets of history in the remnants of forgotten tunnels. Locate old Maori pa sites left from this Maori trading route. There’s even hikes into native forest to give you a taste of how New Zealand was before humans discovered the country.
So when you are backpacking through the North Island of New Zealand, don’t miss the Forgotten Highway 43 on your road trip itinerary.
1. TARANAKI PIONEER VILLAGE
This very unique outdoor museum includes around 30 buildings taking you back in time when the pioneers first settled in New Zealand. This is a couple of kilometres away from the beginning of the Forgotten World Highway.
Location: Just before you take the Forgotten World Highway, on State Highway 3 just south of Stratford.
2. STRATHMORE SADDLE
The first of four saddles on the Forgotten Highway offers a spectacular view of the volcanoes Tongariro, Ruapehu, Ngaurahoe and Taranaki.
Location: All on the Forgotten World Highway.