In 1989 regional council boundaries were redrawn, with an emphasis on connected catchments. These revised maps made Whangamomona part of the then-Manawatu-Wanganui Region. Residents objected, as they wanted to continue being part of the Taranaki Region, and on 1 November 1989, they responded by declaring themselves the “Republic of Whangamomona” at the first Republic Day.
And as a Republic we have a ‘Passport Office’ (the hotel) on arrival. Gold coin donation to the republic for a passport stamp.
Experience the sights either by Rail Cart down the Forgotten World railway or by Jet Boat on the Whanganui River. Hear the stories of hardy pioneers and off the beaten path communities in one of New Zealand’s most stunning North Island destinations. Explore the epic landscapes and changing scenery of New Zealand’s Forgotten World. FWA have adventures for everyone, explore our tours to find the one for you!
At 74 m high, Mount Damper Falls are one of the highest in the North Island.
From the car park step over the style and walk over the formed track beside the creek. The first 10 minutes are over open farmland – respect private property, leave gates as you find them and stay on the track. Follow the track until you reach the bridge, from where the bush starts. The track descends gradually to two viewing platforms.
The walk starts from Mount Damper Falls car park, on the Okau Road off SH3, 59 km north of New Plymouth, about a 30 minute drive from Whangamomona.
Ride from the Whangamomona Pub to the Bridge to Somewhere (18km) along an unmaintained road passing through native bush and old tunnels.
Recommended for; 4WD’s, cyclists, runners and walkers.
Best seasons: Summer, and in the dryer weeks of Autumn and Spring.
In March 1893 surveyor Joshua Morgan, aged 35, was working on the Tāngarākau Gorge bridge when he became ill with appendicitis. Two of his chainmen walked to get medical help from the nearest doctor, 50 kilometres away – but they were too late, and there was little a doctor could have done. Morgan was buried where he died, on the banks of the river. His grave is now a sobering stop for travellers on the remote, winding ‘Forgotten World Highway’. The bush around the grave has regenerated since this photograph was taken, about 1915.
This mini golf course certainly has the most character of any other in NZ. With 5 holes to the course, each hole was built by a local family. Located opposite the hotel on the Whanga road side.
A golfing experience like no other, with no liquor band you can take you bevy’s from the hotel over the street for a game.
6018 Ohura Rd, Stratford, 4396
PH: 06 762 5823