Lavender gifts galore with the scent of lavender drifting through the cafe and shop. Lavender farms are a sure winner. Lauren’s Lavender Farm is closed in winter, open from October to May. The best time to visit is when lavender is blooming, early January to early March.
FORGOTTEN WORLD HIGHWAY ADVENTURE IS RECOMMENDED FOR VISITORS
- Wanting to explore timeless native New Zealand forests on quiet back roads.
- A scenic connection from Taupo / Turangi to New Plymouth (west coast North Island).
- The remote forest reminds the viewer we are looking at remnants of Gondwana land. Dinosaur territory definitely, once upon a time.
- The road hugs the mountainous contours is an adventure as you are not sure what is exactly around every corner.
- Discover a forgotten railway track, an abandoned ‘ghost’ town and a town that once elected a goat as the mayor, the republic of Whangamomona.
- Drive through three road tunnels, hand cut, narrow feats of engineering.
The easiest direction for many visitors to join the Forgotten Highway 43 is from Taumarunui (Central North Island, a hub for Whanganui National Park). The top New Zealand destinations of Taupo and Turangi are a mere 68 km from Taumarunui. Taurmarunui is a gateway to the Forgotten Highway.
To join the Forgotten Highway from Taranaki the nearest town is Stratford.
The Forgotten Highway does not have petrol stations so you must ensure that you have enough fuel for your journey before leaving Taumarunui.
Forgotten Highway is a one way journey where you will either finish the journey in Taranaki (New Plymouth) or the central North Island plateau with the delights of Taupo and Rotorua at your fingertips.
Hairpin bends are frequent. Take time for photos while making sure that oncoming traffic can see you.