New Zealand State Highway 43, Stratford, Taranaki, New Zealand
The Forgotten World Highway is one of the most scenic drives in New Zealand. This highly memorable driving journey is remote and mysterious to the extreme. This scenic route winds over four mountain saddles, alongside the spectacular Tangarakau Gorge and passes through the 220-metre-long, single lane, Moki tunnel. It has been ranked as one of the 10 worst roads in New Zealand by the Police. It’s one of the most scenic drives in the world.
The Forgotten World Highway, one of New Zealand’s most secluded roads, is 149 kilometres long. It’s a real challenging road and a true test of your vehicle and your stamina because the road abounds in twists and turns. It links Stratford in Taranaki and Taumarunui in the King Country. It’s New Zealand’s oldest touring route, and stretches for 155km from the central plateau of the north island, across to the west coast and the mighty mountain of Taranaki.
The road, New Zealand State Highway 43, explores the ever-changing landscape between Taumarunui and Stratford. The route winds its way across some seriously crinkly landscape, through gorges, tunnels and dense forest. Built on colonial bridle paths formed in the late 19th century, the highway is remote and mysterious to the extreme. The highway goes through some rugged, beautiful countryside. It climbs three saddles, including the Strathmore Saddle, the Whangamomona Saddle and the Tahora Saddle. If you’re up for a challenge, the Forgotten World Highway is a drive to remember.
Epic New Zealand Culture & Adventure Route © Monika Newbound