Whangamomona Hotel, Whangamomona, Stratford

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The Whangamomona Hotel is the most remote country hotel in New Zealand on State Highway 43 - Forgotten World Highway, between Stratford and Taumarunui.

Beautiful rugged countryside, spectacular scenery and rich in history.

Come stay, relax & step back in time with the Whangamomona Hotel and Country Hospitality.

We especially invite you to make use of our excellent facilities:

  • We have 17 double or twin recently redecorated rooms.
  • All beds have electric blankets.
  • Our Guest Lounge & dining Room seats 50 guests and we offer a range of catering options - from a friendly meal for a single diner through to a buffet meal for a celebration.

Suitable venue for:

  • Groups, Clubs, Families
  • Celebrations
  • Staff Functions
  • Seminars
  • Meetings
  • Team Building
  • Mystery Bus Trips
  • Mid Winter Christmas Parties
  • Time Away

Activities & Attractions - THE WAY IT WAS.

Through the backwoods of Taranaki, explore the beginnings and the way it was done...

The beauty of the 'Forgotten World Highway' is astounding.

  • Forgotten World Adventures Rail Trail. Self-drive cart along 140kms of railway through 24 tunnels. Contact: 0800 72452278. www.fwa.co.nz.

  • Soak up the history

  • Travel the Highway - over 20 sites of historical interest along the way
  • Tramping
  • Trail Bike Riding
  • Adventure Motorcycle trips
  • Mountain Biking
  • Horse Trekking
  • Explore the village - Historic Walk Trail Map available at the
  • Hotel
  • Sheep Shearing
  • Possum Hunting
  • Gumboot Throwing
  • Whip Cracking
  • Hold Ups
  • Passport Sales
  • Dog Trials
  • Meet the Locals
  • Enjoy a game or two of Pool

Some activities are seasonal and most require advance bookings.

Whangamomona Hotel accommodation rates:

Quoted in NZ$, Subject to Change.

  • Double: $150 | Single $120.
  • Groups of more than 20 people $145 per person per night for dinner, bed and breakfast.

The Republic of Whangamomona

Whangamomona sought its independence when local government shifted the local district boundaries to one that was in line with the watershed of the main rivers. Half of the Whangamomona District went from the Taranaki District to the Manawatu District. Some Locals were lucky and half their farms stayed with Taranaki. However, this did not sit well with the locals as most associate themselves with Taranaki. The stubborn streak came out to show that they did not like this decision being made without consulting them, the residents, first. Whangamomona residents made a major decision to declare their independence within the four walls of the hotel back in 1988. Whangamomona was declared a Republic! We celebrated our 22nd year of independence in January 2011. Republic Day celebrations swell the Whangamomona Village from around 40 people to around 5000 people. Country activities such as Sheep Races, Gumboot Throwing, Gutbuster Races, Whip Cracking, Possum Skinning, Hold Ups and Shoot Outs all take place in the main street. Presidential elections are held. Our first president lasted 10 years before taking early retirement. Unfortunately, the second president 'Billy the Kid' only survived the position 18 months when he died in active duty - weedeating on the town hillside. Tai the Poodle was duly elected in 2003, unfortunately 12 months later there was an assassination attempt on his life and he had to retire due to this leaving him in a severe nervous condition. Murt Kennard was re-elected president. Our next Republic Day is January 2013. Passports can be purchased at the Hotel to ensure safe passage through the Republic.



6018 Ohura Road

Phone: +64 6 762 5823

Fax: +64 6 762 5823

Web: Visit website

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