THINGS TO DO

Taumarunui   -  Ohura -   Whangamomona  -  Stratford

While you visit this beautiful part of rural New Zealand, be sure to experience the many other activities here before or after your Forgotten World Adventure.
The below are some of our favourite things to do when we’re not rail carting along the Forgotten World.

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Discover Whangamomona

The self-declared Republic of Whangamomona is halfway between Taumarunui and Stratford, along the Forgotten World Highway.

The Republic was established in 1989 as a light-hearted protest to moving the boundaries, and therefore moving Whangamomona from Taranaki to the Manawatu-Wanganui Region. You’ll visit this unique spot on some of our tours, and we recommend you spend a bit of time exploring!

Whangamomona Hotel

A must visit to collect your passport stamped as a visitor to the Republic! Be sure to have a good look at the interior walls with photos telling the story of this unique settlement before enjoying a pint in the sun outside this gem of a building.

Republic Day

Bi-annually in January, Whangamomona holds a Republic Day where the president of the Republic is voted in, and people travel from all over to attend the festivities. Past presidents include Billy Gumboot the Goat, he won election by eating the other challengers ballots. Tai the Poodle, who retired from mental anguish following an assassination attempt. Murt "Murtle the Turtle" is the local garage owner who fought off strong competition from the former president and a cross-dresser called "Miriam" to become the 4th and current President. The next celebration is in January 2015.

The Whangamomona Road

Take a trip down the Whangamomona Road to Aotuhia and the Bridge to Somewhere (approx 20kms). To tramp or cycle to the bridge is a serious tramp or mountain bike ride.

Photo of Whangamomona Hotel

Whangamomona Hotel

Explore Taumarunui

Taumarunui provides a rest stop on the way through to the activity playgrounds of Ruapehu and the Central Plateau, and is also the starting point of our Forgotten World Rail Adventures.
If you have some extra time, take a look at some of the following activities to enhance your experience.

Epic Cycle Adventures

Hire your bike and set off on the newly established Timber Trail or explore any of the other Central North Island bike trails.  Epic Cycle Adventures specialise in bike hire, shuttle services and guides to your chosen trail.

Taumarunui Canoe and Jet Boat Hire

Experience the freedom of kayaking through remote rivers, along rapids and through majestic gorges either guided or un-guided. Or choose to explore the river by jet boat.  You are guaranteed to see some of the most beautiful scenery and lush native bush in the world.

Laurens Lavender Farm

Lying adjacent to the famous Whanganui River Lauren’s Lavender Farm offers magical and tranquil surroundings of fragrant lavender fields, farm land and bush.
With a gift shop and newly licensed they would be happy to host your group of ten or more for dinner after a day on the rails or as a pre-rail adventure night out. Give them a call on 07 896 8705.

Blazing Paddles

A canoe trip down the Whanganui River is perfect for people of all ages and all experience levels. Trips can range from one day on both the Ongarue and Whanganui Rivers up to the five day expedition from Taumarunui to Pipiriki.

Wades Landing Outdoors

Based South of Taumarunui in Raurimu, Wades Landing offers a variety of tours, including visiting some of the Lord of the Rings filming locations, canoeing, kayaking, mountain bike trails, and hiking.

Cherry Grove River Walk

At Cherry Grove you will see the meeting of the two rivers the Ongarue and the Whanganui. A short, 20 minute meander along the banks of the Whanganui River will lead you to the Victory Bridge, and back to the river confluence.

Taumarunui Canoe and Jet Boat

Taumarunui Canoe and Jet Boat Hire

Photo of cyclists on the Timber Trail

Epic Cycle Adventures

 

Photo of Laurens Lavender Farm in Taumarunui

Laurens Lavender Farm

Stroll through Stratford

Stratford sits quietly under the shadow of Mount Taranaki providing a base for those tackling it’s slopes and walking tracks. Here, you can enjoy a wander through the quiet settlement, short walks, attractions and spot New Zealand’s only glockenspiel tower!

Eastern Taranaki Experience

Discover the beautiful Taranaki region with a full day or multi day walking or cycling tour. Packages can also include transport and accommodation.

Mt Taranaki Guided Tours

Enjoy walking through Mount Taranaki's rain-forest skirt, sub-alpine ecology and alpine tussock. Guided treks and climbs are available all year in spectacular Egmont National Park.

Taranaki Pioneer Village

Take a nostalgic stroll through yesteryear and experience an outdoor museum presenting the life of Taranaki pioneers in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Avonstour Rare Breeds Farm

A variety of animals on a working farm that are not commonly seen. Nubian goats, gypsy painted ponies, european wild pigs and Dutch belted cattle are among the varieties farmed here.  Visits are for groups only and must be prearranged.

Photo of Pioneer Village

Taranaki Pioneer Village

Seek out Ohura

Set in the middle of the undulating hills and ranges of the King Country, Ohura is quiet little place that offers peace and tranquility.

Ohura State Prison

The decommissioned State Prison has now been transformed into a Bed and Breakfast style accommodation. Stay in a reformed cell or enjoy the sunshine filled rooms of the former staff quarters.  Perfect for family, sporting or corporate team building groups. The choice is yours to relax, check out the local art or to do something different horse trekking, kayaking, sightseeing, tramping, fishing & hunting and of course rail riding!

Ohura Museum

Hosting over over 1000 items that have been both acquired and donated over the years, the Ohura Museum is a peek into the past of this once bustling rural settlement. They include historical objects and papers relating to the history of Ohura, Maori artefacts, mining, milling, and communications items and agricultural implements providing a true accolade to the people for whom Ohura was home. By appointment only. Call Charlie on 07 893 8877 for a personal tour.

Ohuraart

Just a short distance from the prison is the art studio and gallery of renown artist Bryan "Woody" Woodhead. A strong advocate for the Ohura community, Woody's work and contact details can be viewed here.

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