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Interesting route

We travelled from Stratford as far as Whangamomona. The route gets a bit boring after a while as it... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Brian M
Montrose, United Kingdom
Amazing drive through the hills of New Zealand

One for the drivers...lots of corners, narrow tunnels and one lane bridges. Lots of amazing views... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Brisbane, Australia
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Stratford 4332, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We travelled from Stratford as far as Whangamomona. The route gets a bit boring after a while as it in much the same all the way. There were good views from the sadddles such as Pohokura. I believe that the route and the views get...More

Thank Brian M
Reviewed 1 week ago

One for the drivers...lots of corners, narrow tunnels and one lane bridges. Lots of amazing views. Mostly bitumen but about 9k of dirt road. Every so often you can catch glimpses of the historic railway line which cuts an incredible path through the countryside. Plenty...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had heard from family that this was a must do drive. We took the advice and were definitely not disappointed. Very scenic with plenty of photo opportunities. Not to be rushed. Nice sealed road except for a 12km stretch which was a little bit...More

Thank Discover825913
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A winding road through the green hills - a nice drive indeed, however think hard if you do it with a trailer or a larger campervan. The tunnel just before Whangamomona is one narrow lane only and has a height restriction, too. Many sharp curves...More

Thank jasondayo
Reviewed October 8, 2018

This drive was definitely a highlight of our trip to NZ! Breathtaking scenery the whole way. Make sure you allow a whole day for this drive, it should not be rushed. We did a detour to Mt Damper Falls which was definitely worth it.

1  Thank Caitlin O
Reviewed August 18, 2018

Very scenic drive along the "Forgotten World Highway", even after a night of heavy rain which made the drive more interesting. Just have to go a bit slower on the unsealed section of road.

Thank debbz33
Reviewed August 11, 2018

The scenery is like nothing I'd seen before. Green pasture with mini-mountains just jutting up everywhere. Don't plan to go fast - though the locals who know the road are pretty quick, try and follow them when possible. Remember you are not going anywhere. Turn...More

2  Thank Kerry M
Reviewed July 30, 2018

We used to drive along here when it wasn't sealed... the seal makes the drive a lot easier. The scenery is awesome in any weather, and you get to stop at the Whanga pub!

Thank brentling
Reviewed July 18, 2018

We were worried about taking our very large motorhome on this highway, but as long as you take care and use common sense then it is perfectly fine. The gravel section and tunnel were very cool, with hardly any traffic. Whangamomona is a great stop...More

1  Thank Sam D
Reviewed July 15, 2018 via mobile

As a family, this was our first time on the Forgotten World Highway and it is totally worth the three hours! It is so picturesque and the scenery is absolutely surreal, it looks like a painting! The history of it all is also mind blowing...More

1  Thank daisyc342
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bonnie lee k
November 1, 2018|
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Response from brentling | Reviewed this property |
Mostly, and the weather should be your decider over the gravel. The gravel when dry is pretty firm and even, or there are handy ruts. You are not going to be going fast so it should not be a major. All the scary bits have... More
Debbie B
January 28, 2018|
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Response from BrandyZhao | Reviewed this property |
Hi I believe there are no trains departing or arriving Stratford. We went there from Wellington to Stratford by Intercity Bus last time. The Naked Bus and Mana Bus do not travel to Stratford. Otherwise I recommend you to... More
June 5, 2017|
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Response from chiefpedant | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you should be able to manage without too many difficulties. Friendly staff at the office will be able to give advice regarding your specific needs. The buggies do run on an old train track so you would need to be... More