Eco Travels Forgotten World eco tourism tour







Eco Travels Forgotten World Eco Tour

Eco Travels

Forgotten World Eco Tour

Eco Travels - The Forgotten World Highway

Journey to the middle of the North Island of New Zealand and see the diverse and beautiful Ruapehu region. Discover a lost world as you travel the Forgotten World Highway close to mountains, rivers, parks, bush and secrets from an age long ago!

While it's only 150 kilometres long, the Forgotten World Highway is a highly memorable driving journey. Built on colonial bridle paths formed in the late 19th century, the highway is remote and mysterious. Glide silently through in your state-of-the-art luxury Tesla electric car as it hugs the rugged contours of the land to provide a natural roller coaster experience. The Forgotten World 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 hot chips, red sauce and coffee to wake the dead!

Whangamomona is a small village full of character – it declared itself a republic in 1989, and you can pick up a passport from the local hotel. The town is surrounded by beautiful wilderness areas, perfect for a hike before you arrive at your farm accommodation.

Enjoy a sun filled afternoon as you smell the roast lamb and crack open a bottle of organic NZ wine selected from our reserve just for you. Not a thing to do while your Tesla is charging, other than sit back and let your hosts serve up a traditional Kiwi three course sumptuous dinner. Hear the lambs bleat as you unwind in a world far from city life.

Choose to stay one night or two...
If you choose a two night visit, then enjoy a leisurely breakfast before partaking in a number of activities we arrange for your pleasure.

Take a rail-cart or a rail-bike along the decommissioned railway line of the Forgotten World Highway.

Learn of a history unique to New Zealand and share in the story.

Travel through tunnels, over bridges and rivers to townships that time forgot.

Mount Tongariro is the site of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing (42nd traverse) - a spectacular journey across a remarkable volcanic landscape. This is a one-day trek that traverses a remarkable volcanic landscape along the slopes of all three mountains. steaming craters, steam vents, emerald-coloured thermal lakes, and old lava flows making the walk an unforgettable experience.

The Ohinetonga Scenic Reserve is close to your accommodation and our guests enjoy a walk through the reserve during the day or after dinner. The track winds along over a boardwalk, through a variety of attractive scenery, past Ohinetonga Lagoon and through beautiful forest.

Listen to and view native birds including Riroriro (Grey Warbler), Whio (Blue duck), Toutouwai (North Island Robin), Kereru (Wood Pigeon - pictured below), Miromiro (Tomtit), Piwakawa (Fantail) Koromiko (Bell Bird) and Popokatea (Whitehead).

There are three mountains in the Ruapehu District - Mount Tongariro, Mount Ruapehu and Mount Ngauruhoe, all located in the Tongariro National Park. The three mountains provide a wealth of activities and experiences for you such as tramping, skiing, snowboarding and sightseeing.

The volcanic mountains of the Tongariro National Park have deep spiritual significance for the Maori people. Legend has it that the high priest Ngatoroirangi was frozen in a snowstorm while exploring Tongariro and he called to Hawaiki, Polynesian homeland of the Maori, for fire. His prayer was answered via the channel we now call the Pacific Rim of Fire, and the mountain erupted...

Arrive into Auckland Airport and be greeted in true Kiwi / Maori style before freshening up in your Auckland hotel day room

Enjoy a coffee with your concierge as you learn all about your state-of-the art Tesla electric car and how to navigate the New Zealand journey you are about to embark upon

Choose to have your host travel part of the way with you, all of the way as your driver guide, or depart as independent travellers with all the information you need for your journey

Everything in your vehicle - refreshments and snacks en route - are from sustainable, bio-degradable or re-cycled New Zealand sources - no plastic items harmful to the environment

Enjoy a superb, scenic journey before you arrive just in time for the perfect glass of champagne at your farm accommodation

Dine together on New Zealand traditional lamb and roast vegetables, or choose from some fabulous vegetarian dishes using home grown organic vegetables, before tucking into traditional Kiwi pavlova as you argue who really invented the pavlova - Australians, Kiwi or the English - debated many times in the past with our guests

Glide on in your luxury electric car to your next destination or return to Auckland Airport for your departure home

Whatever your choice, we can make your NZ eco tour happen your way

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