Forgotten World Highway

Forgotten World Highway

Scenic Drive


21 Rankers Reviews

15 Face-to-Face

7 Taumarunui

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Mt Taranaki rises above the mist
Mt Ruapehu in the distance
Looks like something out of The Hobbit


The forgotten highway is remote and mysterious it hugs the rugged contours of the land to provide a natural roller coaster experience. It can be approached from either Stratford or Taumarunui, and wriggles its way over four mountain saddles, through an eerie one-way tunnel and along a river gorge.


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Susan Boyton's avatar

Susan Boyton


Ranking: 9/10

A very scenic and enjoyable drive away from the major roads. A short dirt section of around 12k but nothing to be concerned about. No fuel along the way.

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Kevin Hendy


Ranking: 8/10

Narrow, windy to the extreme with rock falls on the road, stop for oncoming traffic. Scenery fantastic with stops for isolated bridge walks. Well worth the difficult road sections.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in October 2016

Addison Brown's avatar

Addison Brown

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely amazing road, we enjoyed every second.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Sid Chakrabarti

Ranking: 7/10

This is a beautiful road with excellent scenic view points. Users should be aware that some of the road is unsealed, and may be difficult for larger vehicles.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Larissa's avatar



Ranking: 7/10

$2 for a stamp in your passport, money goes to the local school.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Anat Yossef


Ranking: 9/10

We drove the highway and made a lot of stops on the way to take pictures. It was very nice way to arrive the other side.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Leon Grummer


Ranking: 6/10

To be honest it is just a road. It is a beautiful landscape and a typical New Zealand road. But it is not that special. Do it if you are there anyway but do not spend an extra day.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in February 2016

Anna's avatar



Ranking: 9/10

Just a must do!

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Max Butteli's avatar

Max Butteli


Ranking: 9/10

Nice curvy road, scenic lookouts, beautiful little town. Whangamomona is good for food and has a nice restaurant. We had a nice lunch there.

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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Anna Fath


Ranking: 8/10

On the Forgotten World Highway from Taumaranui to Stratford you can get a stamp for your passport ($2). It is a really cool proof of your trip and also the small town you get it from is really recommendable.

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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Katlin Pollinger


Ranking: 5/10

Good views but road isn't that easy to drive, lots of information beside the road, no gas stations for 130km so make sure you have enough fuel.

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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hendrik king


Ranking: 10/10

My favorite road in NZ, stunning and wonderfull.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in January 2011

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Julien Bocherens


Ranking: 7/10

In the middle of nowhere!

Reviewed over 9 years ago