New Zealand’s oldest heritage trail is 155kms long.

Starting in either Stratford or Taumarunui it follows ancient Māori trade routes and pioneering farm tracks, through ambitious historic settlements, untamed native bush and stunning natural scenery. Along the Forgotten World Highway, you’ll encounter a landscape where man and nature have battled for centuries, resulting in many historic or natural points of interest. Whether you approach the Forgotten World Highway as a three-hour scenic drive or explore its many stories over several days, you’ll be treated to an adventure like no other. 

Continue reading for the TOP 5 things to explore along the Forgotten World Highway. 

2. The Saddles

Along the route you will cross FOUR saddles. 

Tahora offers spectacular views of three prominent Māori Pa sites, railway tunnels and the Central Plateau. The Whangamōmona Saddle offers spectacular views of the surrounding landscape with a backdrop of beech and podocarp forest. The Pohokura Saddle is named after a prominent Māori Chief and provides views into the valley used as a large railway construction campsite. It’s worth stopping at the top of each to take in these stunning vistas. The Strathmore Saddle offers stunning views of both Taranaki Maunga and the Central Plateau.

4. Fantastic Farms

Two lavender farms can be found along the route – Lauren’s Lavender Farm & Café and Lavender Lane – and both a treat for the senses. Opening hours vary and they are best to visit in summer when the flowers are in full bloom.

A 7km detour from Douglas you will find Avonstour Island Rare Breeds Heritage Farm. Specialising in heritage breed cattle, sheep, pigs, chickens and other livestock, the farm offers information, pre-arranged group tours, workshops, crafts and seasonal produce for sale. Visits by appointment only as it is a working farm.

An Unforgettable Experience for all...

Trip Advisor's Travellers Choice Award 2023 winner - Forgotten World Adventures offer visitors the chance to self drive their own rail cart along 142km of heritage rail tracks.

Enjoy a front row seat as you travel through breathtaking landscapes while discovering New Zealand's pioneering history. Forgotten World Adventures offer enchanting and authentic experiences to suit all ages, abilities and interests. 

For more information download our Forgotten World Highway Brochure