With so many amazing things to do in every corner of New Zealand and new experiences popping up all the time, it’s pretty hard to capture everything in one list!
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The Forgotten World Highway, one of New Zealand's most secluded roads, explores the ever-changing landscape between Taumarunui and Stratford.
New Zealand's first heritage trail, this scenic route winds over four mountain saddles, alongside the spectacular Tangarakau Gorge and passes through the 180-metre-long, single lane, Moki tunnel.
Stop, stretch your legs and explore historic sites and scenic walks along the way. View stunning vistas of Mt Taranaki's zen-like cone to the west; and Mt Ruapehu, Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Tongariro to the east.
Other highlights include the Mount Damper Falls, several 4WD tracks and the tiny settlement of Whangamomona, a small village declared a 'republic' by residents back in 1988.
This back-country hamlet celebrates its independence every second January when around 6,000 people flock to its village to partake in a bit of sheep racing, gumboot throwing, whip cracking, possum skinning—and the occasional shoot-out.
If you’re keen to drop by on Republic Day, don’t forget to grab your temporary passport from the local hotel to ensure safe passage through the area.
The Forgotten World Highway is a legendary one-day road trip—in more ways that one—but be sure to fill up your tank before you begin the journey as the next petrol pump is some 150 kilometres away!