Forgotten World Highway

At some 150 kilometres long, the Forgotten World Highway or State Highway 43 is a highly memorable driving journey.

Omaka Lodge is just out of Taumarunui and is an alternative route to access the National Parks and is also the end or start point to the Forgotten World Highway, a touring route on SH43 that runs between Taumarunui and Stratford and features untamed native bush, historic settlements, pioneering farms, and ancient Maori trade routes (approximately 3 hours driving time, 155kms).

Built on colonial bridle paths formed in the late 19th century, the highway is remote, hugs the contours of the land and takes you back in time to a forgotten world. The highway wriggles its way over four mountain saddles, through an eerie one-lane tunnel and along a sinuous river gorge.  Fifteen kilometres of the road is unsealed gravel, and the only significant settlement on the way is Whangamomona, where the historic hotel is known for its hospitality.

If you have the time there are a number of attractions and features along the route.

Forgotten World Highway

Taumarunui offers international class trout fishing, is the start of the navigable part of the Whanganui River (for canoeing, kayaking and rafting), walking tramping etc and a raft of activities places and attractions as listed on this website.  All of course handy to Omaka Lodge where we welcome you to stay.

The information above was kindly written for Omaka Lodge by Martin Fuller of BuildBusiness Internet Marketing.

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