Forgotten World Highway

Forgotten World Highway

Scenic Drive


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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 over 4 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 over 4 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Addison Brown

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely amazing road, we enjoyed every second.

Reviewed over 4 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 almost 5 years ago

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Ranking: 7/10

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

Reviewed about 5 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 about 5 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 over 5 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Ranking: 9/10

Just a must do!

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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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 over 5 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 over 5 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 over 5 years ago

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hendrik king


Ranking: 10/10

My favorite road in NZ, stunning and wonderfull.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in January 2011

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Julien Bocherens


Ranking: 7/10

In the middle of nowhere!

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Henry Howard


Ranking: 10/10

Another stunning drive in New Zealand. About midway is the Kaleta Cafe - accomodation for tents and campers. It's perched on a hilltop - wonderful place to spend the night and watch the sunset. You can even see the peaks of Ruapetu and Ngaunuhoe(sp?) in tongariro Nat Pk.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago

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Daniel & Manuela


Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful scenery.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

One of the great drives of NZ. Do not be in a hurry. Only a short distance is gravel but trip through thr gorge is outstanding, and the tunnel!

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Charles Lyne

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

If you want to get somewhere in a hurry, don't go this way. If you want to see some real New Zealand, this is it. About the only place to stop is Whangamomona, but although small, it's got the Whangamomona Hotel ( which is very welcoming. The road is not surfaced for much of its length so if driving a rented vehicle, check that you're allowed on such a surface, and watch out for rock falls.

Reviewed about 11 years ago and experienced in May 2009

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United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

150km highway with no fuel stops. Go back in time as you wind from Taumaranui to Stratford. You almost expect dinusaurs to appear at one point.

Reviewed over 11 years ago