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Enjoy some genuine Kiwi hospitality in the Forgotten World

Combine your adventure in the Forgotten World with a stay at the Forgotten World Motel in Taumarunui or at one of our recommended accommodation partners. 

Our bookings team will be happy to tell you more about the experiences on offer with Forgotten World Adventures and other popular attractions and activities in the area. 

Forgotten World Motel

Centrally located in Taumarunui, the Forgotten World Motel is the ideal base for your Forgotten World adventure. We offer 15 comfortable ensuite rooms suitable for solo travellers, couples and families, including a fully accessible wheelchair unit. The motel is within easy walking distance of the town's cafés, restaurants and shops and just 5 minutes from one of New Zealand's must-play golf courses, the Tarrangower, Taumarunui.

Book to stay the night before or after your experience for comfort and convenience - all adventures leave from our front door. Enjoy a hearty home-cooked breakfast before you ride the rails and a generous helping of authentic Kiwi hospitality throughout your stay.

The motel is well situated for wider exploration of the Ruapehu region including Mount Ruapehu and the Whakapapa ski fields (New Zealand's largest ski area) and the Sky Waka Gondola (45 minutes) and Lake Taupō (1.25 hours). Other attractions include walking the Tongariro Crossing, exploring the Tongariro National Park, cycling the Timber Trail, canoeing the Whanganui River or enjoying a round of golf at the popular Tarrangower course in Taumarunui.

Free WiFi throughout. Generous off-road parking. All units feature electric blankets, TVs, toasters, tea and coffee making facilities, and complimentary home-baking, and we have a drying area to help get your gear ready for your next activity.

Find us at the north end of Taumarunui's main street at 9 Hakiaha Street - the gateway to the Forgotten World.

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Whangamomona Hotel

The old township of Whangamomona is New Zealand's only self-proclaimed Republic and a truly unique destination. The Whangamomona Hotel is one of the country's most iconic and historic hotels and the embodiment of the community's rich and quirky history. Stay in the original hotel (17 rooms - a mix of twin singles and doubles), the extensively renovated Bridge House or Butcher Shop or in one of the new luxury ensuite lodges. Enjoy drinks at the bar and a wholesome dinner surrounded by historical and local memorabilia. Please note the hotel has shared facilities.

Built in 1911, the Whangamomona Hotel has become a historical icon. Extensively refurbished in the last 5 years, it now offers a unique experience in a special part of New Zealand. It is one of the country's most remote hotels.

  • 17 rooms
  • Room feature twin singles or a double bed 
  • All rooms have shared bathroom facilities
  • Fully accessible shower & toilet available on the ground floor with two rooms on that level
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner are served at the hotel

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Whangamomona Lodge

Completed in December 2017, the Whangamomona Lodge offers a more modern experience in Whangamōmona. Not since 1962 has a new project been undertaken in the village. 

  • 5 independent rooms
  • Each room has its own ensuite
  • Queen or superking sized beds
  • Small kitchenette: fridge, tea/coffee making facilities
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner available at the hotel

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The Bridge House

  • All on one level
  • 3 bedrooms
  • Full kitchen
  • Bathroom with bath
  • Wood burning fireplace
  • Sleeps maximum of 7
  • Continental breakfast included
  • Covered deck allows for BBQ overlooking the river and all three of Whangamomona's bridges

 The Butcher's Shop

  • All on one level
  • Full kitchen
  • Newly fitted bathroom with shower
  • Wood burning fire
  • Sleeps maximum of 7
  • Situated across the road from the Bridge House
  • Continental breakfast included


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