Top Attractions

  • Mt Taranaki
  • Glockenspiel
  • Forgotten World Highway - State Highway 43
  • Forgotten World Adventures Rail Carts

Stratford offers the best access points to the iconic Mt Taranaki. 

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Stratford's revered  glockenspiel stands proud in the main street, Broadway, and is unique to New Zealand.

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The Stratford to Taumarunui Heritage Trail was established in 1990 to give travellers an awareness of the rich and unique history along the route linking these important Taranaki and Central North Island centres.

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Experience a railway tour with a difference. 

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Stratford Location Map

Stratford is nestled at the junction of two major roads (SH3 and SH43) in the North Island of New Zealand, and sits on the banks of the Patea River.

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Heritage & History


Initial settlements in the Stratford District were small Maori villages in the forested hills as places of refuge in times of war, and for seasonal activities.

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