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Forgotten World Highway

OverviewTrail Status: Open

Taumarunui — New Plymouth (2-3 days, 185km)

Pedal back in time and experience an amazing historical tour on New Zealand’s oldest heritage trail.

The remote and mysterious Forgotten World Highway features mountain saddles, an eerie tunnel and a river gorge.

The most significant settlement along the highway is Whangamomona, a historic town that declared itself a republic in 1989 and sells its own passports.

There are plenty of places to stop, stretch your legs and explore historic sites and scenic walks along the way.

New Plymouth Coastal Walkway

This award-winning 12.7km coastal walkway winds its way along the edge of the Tasman Sea, past world-class surf breaks and dynamic kinetic art.

You can take a 15-minute stroll from the central city to Breakwater Bay, a bustling coastal precinct alongside Ngamotu Beach.

The locals have created varied experiences here from the romantic to the adventurous.

Enjoy a coffee or dinner, cruise around the Sugar Loaf Islands or take a helicopter flight over Mt Taranaki.

Breakwater Bay is also a great spot to see a stunning west coast sunset.

Whanganui River

The Whanganui River has a special place in the hearts of those who live in the region, holding cultural, spiritual and historical significance in its murky depths.

Be Prepared

This cycling route is remote.

There are only a few businesses providing accommodation or food along the way, so cyclists must plan in advance and go well prepared.

The trail can be ridden year round, but the best riding conditions are in summer and autumn (late November to early May).

It is rated Grade 4 (advanced), so it is recommended for fit and experienced cyclists only.

MOBILE PHONE COVERAGE: Limited between Taumarunui and Whangamomona and is available along much, but not all of the way.

DRINKING WATER: There are a number of settlements where you can fi ll your water bottle.

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