Forgotten World Highway

Help code: B92-27D5

  • 150km one way journey
  • 3 days to complete
  • Traverses northern Ruapehu region
  • Incredible landscapes and scenery
  • Popular driving trail
  • Available to do all year round
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What you need to know

Stretching for around 150 kilometres, the Forgotten World Highway provides a scenic and memorable journey through New Zealand’s North Island, avoiding more well-worn roads for the sake of some wonderful scenery. Located between Taumarunui and Stratford, the highway encompasses a mixture of man-made and natural highlights, with remnants of earlier historic colonisation still in existence along the way.

It's a hilly drive, but one that shows off some of NZ's true back-country at its best. Surface-wise, the road is made up of colonial bridle paths, unsealed gravel and normal bitumen, making for a somewhat varied adventure. Landmarks and points of interest are dotted throughout with a brochure available from the Forgotton Highway Tourist Centre highlighting the must-see historical sites and ruins.

The drive can be done in one day with only a moderate number of diversions; however for those wanting just a quick sampling just over 2 hours is all that's required to complete the route.



  • 3 Day journey
  • 150 kilometres one way
  • Taumarunui to Stratford
  • Year round attraction
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