Forgotten World Highway
The Forgotten World Highway is otherwise known as State Highway 43 and runs between Taumarunui and Stratford, waiting at the base of Mount Taranaki. As the name suggests it takes in a remote and lesser known route but reveals an assortment of treasures in its 155 km.
Along the route there are many saddles to traverse including Tahora which overlooks 3 Māori pā sites, a railway tunnel and the mountains beyond. Additionally you can creep through the Moki and Makahu tunnels, looking for fossilised giant crabs hidden in the walls of the Moki tunnel. Prehistoric forest and river views await on the walking tracks just off the highway for those in need of a leg stretch. The quirky settlement of Whangamomona has declared itself a republic and will even issue a stamp for your passport if you ask nicely.
This stretch of highway is a quirky detour for those who are looking for something different.