Continue through Ohura (Mangaroa Road), with Mangaroa stream views to join the Forgotten Highway, 43. The road passes over the Waitaanga saddle. This part of the journey is very picturesque and not as travelled as the first section of SH43 leaving Taumarunui. Definitely worth the detour from Taumarunui to Ohura.
This part of the journey is beautiful, with large tracts of native forest interspersed with bright emerald grass, sheep or dairy stock.
Usually the Forgotten Highway route is directly connected to Taumarunui. The majesty of the Wanganui River, at Taumarunui is being missed as is the well known Lavender Farm. For enthusiasts perhaps a night in Taumarunui will give you the time to complete a white water rafting trip on the Wanganui River with a stop at the Lavender Farm. Laurens Lavender Local Activities Around Laurens Lavender Farm.
Lauren’s Lavender Farm offers you a range of local activities including a bush walk down to the Whanganui River where the Taumarunui Jet Boat and canoeists. There are 87 steps down to the landing on the river and two waterfalls.
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