Visit Whangamomona, Taranaki, NZ

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  • Whangamomona is a small, remote settlement about 70 km north-east of Mount Taranaki.

    At the end of the 19th Century, Whangamomona was a bustling pioneer town. However, the town went into decline after the First World War, which took the lives of 70% of its men.

    Today, Whangamomona is one of the main stops on 150-km long State Highway 43, known as the Forgotten World Highway due to its sparse population that contrasts with its early history.


    Accommodation in Whangamomona (NZ)

    Whangamomona has a hotel that provides the main form of accommodation and dining in the town.

    There is also a camping ground for backpackers and motor home travellers.

    The surrounding region offers a number of farmstays that allow visitors to participate in activities such as sheep shearing, possum hunting etc.


    Transport around Whangamomona

    Although it was once serviced by a railway line, Whangamomona is accessible today only by road: the Forgotten Highway. The journey takes 45 minutes from its southern end at Stratford. It takes at least one hour from Taumarunui to the north-east. However, part of this route is unpaved, and best negotiated in a four-wheel drive vehicle with a confident driver. A trail bike is recommended for motorcyclists, while cyclists should only consider using a mountain bike.


    Tourist Activities around Whangamomona

    The Forgotten World Highway has twenty sites of historic interest and a number of high-elevation viewing points that take in spectacular sweeps of land to the east and west, including the mountains of the central plateau, and Mount Taranaki.

    A number of short walks and mountain biking trails around the area are a pleasant diversion. Some of these have points of historic or ecological and scientific interest.

    Otheractivities included guided and self-drive tours using mountain bikes, quad bikes (ATVs) and 4WD vehicles. Horse trekking is another, more sedate option.

    A biannual festival celebrates Whangamomona’s 1989 declaration of itself as a republic, in response to council-imposed boundary changes that saw parts of the area moved from the Taranaki to the Manawatu district. The event, which attracts thousands, is held in January in odd-numbered years, and features serious and fun rural sports events such as wood-chopping and gumboot throwing.

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