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Forgotten World Adventures

Central Taranaki

Experience a railway tour with a difference. In 1901 construction on the Stratford to Okahukura Railway Line began. Over a period of 32 years, 24 tunnels were carved using pick axes and shovels allowing the link from Stratford, the heart of the Taranaki region, to Taumarunui, the heart of King Country. The railway line became an essential link to the outside world for the communities, businesses and farms that established in this remote country. Forgotten World Adventures provides self-driven rail tours along the now decommissioned railway line in specially modified rail carts. Departing from Stratford or Taumarunui, enjoy a one or two-day tour exploring the deep hidden valleys of New Zealand's Forgotten World. The tours depart during the summer months of October through to April and truly are the best way to explore the Forgotten World.

Phone: 0800 RAILCARTS or for international callers +64 7 895 3400

Eastern Taranaki Experiences

Central Taranaki

Eastern Taranaki Experience consists of fully catered, two or three night, tramping trips located in the very heart of the Eastern Taranaki Backcountry. Offering an adventure that most would find difficult to organise due to transport facilities required. All packages are inclusive of accommodation, transport to walks, luggage transport & meals. Day trips along SH43 [Forgotten World Highway] offered, set or design your own. Transport is available to the Matemateaonga Track and Egmont National Park. Feel free to enquire about any package deals inclusive of transport, car storage, hut passes and jet boat.

Address: 103 Miranda St, Stratford West 4332
Phone: 06-765 7482

Dawsons falls and The Goblin Forest

Central Taranaki

The Dawson Falls area has become noted for its scenery and the half day walks are a major attraction for both young and old. All of these tracks are clearly marked with colour coded signs and direction markers, and the entrance to the bush area has a large map showing where each track goes and approximately how long walk takes. The falls were discovered by Thomas Dawson, in March 1883, and their tourist potential was realised in 1894-5 when Manaia Road was extended and a small house erected for tourists use.

Mount Taranaki and the Egmont National Park

Central Taranaki

Stratford offers the best access points to the iconic Mt Taranaki. Egmont National Park was established in 1900, and is dominated by the dormant volcano of Mt Taranaki. Mt Taranaki is a cone-shaped 2518m high peak that offers spectacular scenery. There are beautiful walks through the abundant rain forest to waterfalls, wetlands and excellent viewpoints. Standing as it does in isolation from other mountains it is one of the best parks from which to get an elevated view of another New Zealand - the rural heartland of the Taranaki. Local Maori believe that Mt Taranaki once stood with the mountains of the central North Island. After a dispute over the maiden Pihanga, Taranaki fled his ancestral home, carving out the bed of the Whanganui River on his journey to the coast. The surrounding Egmont National Park was established in 1900, the second in New Zealand after it's not too distant neighbour, Tongariro. A variety of easy, short walks branch off the main access roads. A number of beautiful waterfalls are in easy reach of Dawson Falls and it is worth walking through the Goblin Forest to Wilkies Pools - a series of plunge pools formed by the scouring action of water borne sand and gravel. A well-defined back-country tramping track circles the mountain. It takes up to 5 days with some high level summer track options shortening the tramp to 3-4 days. Manganui is Mt Taranaki's snowboard and ski area. It features small beginner/intermediate and larger off-piste adventure-type intermediate/advanced terrain and is located on NZ's most accessible alpine area. Again, the best access is via Stratford.

Manganui Ski Field

Central Taranaki

Mt Taranaki's Manganui Ski Field is a 30 minute walk from the Stratford Plateau, at the end of Pembroke Road. A club field, the ski area is relatively small and low and operates for up to three months of the year. Summit Track, 4391 Egmont National Park

Whanganui National Park

Central Taranaki

The Whanganui River winds its way from the mountains to the Tasman Sea through countless hills and valleys. Lowland forest surrounds the river in its middle and lower reaches - the heart of Whanganui National Park (established in 1986). Tramping tracks through wild lowland forests and river trips down the mighty Whanganui are popular activities. The area has a unique history and Maori culture is an important part of the park experience.

Tongariro National Park

Central Taranaki

Established in 1887, Tongariro was the first national park in New Zealand and the fourth in the world. It is also a dual World Heritage area, a status which recognises the park's important Maori cultural and spiritual associations as well as its outstanding volcanic features. It is a place of extremes and surprises, a place to explore and remember. From herb fields to forests, from tranquil lakes to desert-like plateau and active volcanoes - Tongariro has them all. This is the home of the world famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing, and one of New Zealand's 9 Great Walks - the Tongariro Northern Circuit.

The Forgotten World Highway

Central Taranaki

The 155km adventure begins in Stratford and ends in Taumarunui on the Central Plateau, with Mount Ruapehu looming in front of you. It follows ancient Maori 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 fought each other for centuries and more than 30 historic or natural points of interest. You'll still receive a wave from the locals as you pass. Whether you approach the Forgotten World Highway as a three-hour scenic link between the West Coast and the Central Plateau, or explore its many stories over several days, you'll be treated to an adventure like no other.

Lake Rotokare

Central Taranaki

Rotokare Scenic Reserve is a stunning 230 hectare forested hill-country catchment, extensive wetlands and 17.8 hectare natural lake. Mature tawa, rewarewa and mahoe dominated forest is home to tui, bellbird, keruru, grey warbler, and North Island robin, plus a variety of other bird species. The lake edge habitat consists of raupo, flax, and pukatea/kahikatea swamp forest home to notable fauna such as fern bird, spotless crake, also eels and banded kokopu in the streams and lake (animal and plant lists). Situated just 12 kilometres from the township of Eltham, South Taranaki, Rotokare is a popular recreation spot for boating, walking and simply enjoying the beautiful scenery.

Lake Mangamahoe

Central Taranaki

This well sign-posted circuit walk takes you on a journey around Lake Mangamahoe through production forest, up to impressive lookouts and among mature ornamental tree plantings that are mixed with pockets of regenerated native bush. The lake circuit walk is an enjoyable walk for people of all ages. However, there are some steep undulating sections on the walk that require a reasonable standard of fitness and the track can be slippery and muddy in areas after rain. There are also picnic areas, toilet facilities and ample car parking along with a mountain biking area and horse riding trails.

Pukekura Park

North Taranaki

Located in the heart of New Plymouth City this 52 hectare park has an amazing range of both native and exotic plants all displayed in a natural setting with many wonderful views and vistas of the lakes and Mt Taranaki. Together with the variety of plant types, Pukekura Park is unique in offering a diverse range of landscapes from dense remnant tawa, mahoe, and a pukatea forest to broad-acre lawn with annual bedding displays, to themed garden plantings.

Surf Highway 45

Central Taranaki

Taranaki's hemispherical coast collects 180 degrees of ocean swells. You can be almost certain that the surf will be pumping between New Plymouth & Hawera. But waves aren't the only reason to follow this touring route - the Egmont National Park is always within reach, with tracks to take you up and around magnificent Mount Taranaki. You'll be in the perfect position to study the botanical changes from surf to summit.

Hollard Garden

Central Taranaki

A horticultural oasis in the very heart of dairying country. A passionate plants man's garden and Taranaki showcase. Discover the passion and determination that made Bernard Hollard invaluable to many gardens and nurseries, and learn about plant propagation. Owned and managed by the Taranaki Regional Council on behalf of the people of the region. Enjoy it - it's yours.

Pukeiti Garden

North Taranaki

Renowned for its rhododendron collection, Pukeiti is a 360 ha rainforest property located between Mount Taranaki and the coast, just south of New Plymouth. Established in 1951, Pukeiti is an internationally recognised garden and plant collection. Owned and managed by the Taranaki Regional Council on behalf of the people of the region. Enjoy it - it's yours.

Tupare Garden

North Taranaki

Experience the beautifully restored garden and Chapman-Taylor home. Sculpted from a hillside overlooking the Waiwhakaiho River, this is a premier landscaped garden. Sense the prestige, lifestyle and stories of the property's original developer, the prominent businessman Sir Russell Matthews, and his family. Owned and managed by the Taranaki Regional Council on behalf of the people of the region. Enjoy it - it's yours.

Stratford Walkways

Central Taranaki

Stratford is gateway to iconic Mt Taranaki, and offers a range of outdoor activities for those with a sense of fun and adventure, and for others who enjoy a little peace, quiet and seclusion. A network of stunning walking tracks and pathways provides visitors with a link between these attractions, and a unique perspective of the dramatic Taranaki landscape. These trails offer you the chance to escape the hustle and bustle of urban life and discover some of the region's many reserves, parks, areas of historical interest and natural beauty.

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