As per Hidden Trails (Walter Hirsh) and Off The Beaten Track (Colin Moore) books

Our most poular and best known get-away, located in the very heart of Eastern Taranaki back country. It offers an adventure that most would find difficult to organise because of the transport required at both ends of the walks. It takes in native bush along the Matemateaonga Range then into Aotuhia Station, followed by a days walk along the historic Whangamomona Road. You choose the 4th mornings walk before finishing with a picnic lunch. A reasonable degree of fitness is advisable. The walking is moderate grade and follows old paper roads (now tracks) or bush tracks.

Accommodation and meals

The first two nights are spent with friendly farmstay in the Makahu area. Makahu is a farming valley off the Forgotten World Highway – turning at Strathmore. The third night is back in a farmstay, Stratford Heritage Lodge (subject to availability) or Whangamomona Hotel (subject to availability) located in the Whangamomona Village on the Forgotten World Highway (see prices below). All places have linen beds and towels provided in twin, double or single rooms. Stratford 4 day tramping trip Trampers in Taranaki backcountry bush Farmstay hosts offer catered two course evening meals (BYO alcohol) and menu at the hotel in dining room (drinks own cost). If staying in Stratford Heritage Lodge you evening meal will be prepared by a local cafe and brought to lodge. In all places food is provided to make your own breakfast and lunch.

Cost and what is included

 

TRIP OUTLINE

First Day / Night

Arrive in Stratford, Central Taranaki approx 2pm and travel along the Forgotten World Highway to Makahu (45 mins). Arrive at the farmstay home and settle in or simply relax or stroll on the farm or swim

 
Second Day / Night

Leave 8am after breakfast and travel into Aotuhia Station (40 mins) with day pack. Full instructions are given and the first 4kms is across station farmland and into bush. You walk a further 7kms to the Matemateaonga Track. Turn right for a further 11km tramp to the Kohi Saddle, along the Matemateaonga Track, where your van and driver awaits. Total 22kms (no climbs) Return to a farmstay.

 
Third Day / Night

Leave 8:30 – 9am with day pack to walk the well known old Whangamomona Road (now a papa track). See historic bridges and walk through two tunnels. Lovely scenic river views all day Total 18kms (no climbs). Stay Whangamomona Hotel, Stratford Heritage Lodge or return to farmstay. This day is also suitable for Mountain Biking – BYO bike, which is transported with the van – both walkers and bikers possible on same day. The old Whangamomona Road is the link from Bridge To Somewhere to The Forgotten World Highway – SH43

 
Fourth Day

Has options depending on your accommodation choice but all options are designed that you finish with a picnic lunch before returning to Stratford (Central Taranaki) approx 1-2pm. If you stay at Whangamomona Hotel (or local cottage) – Visit Mt Damper Falls (one of the highest in North Island at 74m) This involves an easy grade 40minute walk. If you like history you can walk 6km following an old coal train line to an amazing area locally known as the canyon – this is on private land and needs to be arranged prior to trip. If you stay at farmstay – Farm walk(2.5 hours moderate) If you stay at Stratford Heritage Lodge – Visit Lake Rotokare 1.25 hours for an easier option or we can arrange a walk from one road end to another in Egmont National Park – these are both self guided with instructions

 
 
 

Modifications to tramping trips

All trips can be modified and tailor made to suit your group e.g. During Spring time Taranaki gardens are beautiful you can add another day for a “garden safari” or plan your visit in March to include WOMAD prior or after. Change a day of walking to include a rail cart or cycle day or add them on.

2005 & 2007 Taranaki Tourism & Hospitality Award winners

 

WHY EASTERN TARANAKI EXPERIENCE?

Small Groups We carry less people per tour – meaning you get more quality interaction with your guide.

Comfortable Vehicles We use comfortable, air conditioned vehicles for our tours.

Extra Stops We want you to experience all that we have to show you – so we make extra stops, and have optional guided walks to break up the trip.

Quality Assured Don’t just take our word for it – We are Taranaki Tourism & Hospitality Award winners.