Top things to do

Village in Forgotten World Highway

Whangamomona

The town of Whangamomona (population 40) is a highlight. This quirky village declared itself an independent republic in 1989 after disagreements with local councils. The town celebrates Republic Day in January every…
Museum in Stratford

Taranaki Pioneer Village

About 1km south of Stratford on SH3, the Taranaki Pioneer Village is a 4-hectare outdoor museum housing 40 historic buildings, with many dating back to the early 1850s. It’s very bygone-era and even a little spooky!…
Cafe in Inglewood

Caffe Windsor

Inside a fire-engine-red 1878 heritage building is one of Inglewood's first shops. Caffe Windsor sells eggs and waffles in the morning, old-school burgers and sandwiches during the day, and red Thai chicken curry at…
Bakery in Inglewood

Nelson's Bakery

Inglewood is a noteworthy stop for a pie at Nelson's, and if you're about to head up Mt Taranaki, you're gonna need some fuel in the tank. The classics are there (think bacon and egg), but try the steak kumara, a NZ…
Museum in Inglewood

Fun Ho! National Toy Museum

Inglewood’s cute Fun Ho! National Toy Museum exhibits (and sells) old-fashioned sand-cast toys. It doubles as the local visitor information centre. Good for big kids and hobbyists, too! Everybody shout, 'Fun Ho!'.
Gallery in Stratford

Percy Thomson Gallery

Right next door to Stratford i-SITE, this progressive community gallery (named after the former mayor) displays eclectic local, regional and national art shows. New exhibitions every three to four weeks.
Seafood in Inglewood

Funkfish Grill

In need of a refurb, funky Funkfish is still one of the better options in Inglewood, serving fish and chips and burgers. Doubles as a bar at night. Swap fries for kumara chips.
Supermarket in Stratford

New World

Fill your culinary coffers at the local supermarket.
Cafe in Egmont National Park

Kamahi Cafe

Inside the North Egmont Visitor Centre, Kamahi is passable for a quick-fire warm-me-up pizza, a coffee or some breakfast eggs.