• Tangarakau, middle of nowhere !

  • Discussion about railroad topics everywhere outside of North America.
Discussion about railroad topics everywhere outside of North America.

Moderators: Komachi, David Benton

  by David Benton
Returning from our Xmas break , I decided to take the campervan back through the backcountry , between Taranaki and King Country.
Basically following the line of the closed Stratford–Okahukura Line .
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stratford ... ukura_Line" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Though the line is closed to Full size railways , it is used by Rail carts for tourists.
https://forgottenworldadventures.co.nz/about-us/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;.
This is called the Forgotten World highway, my 7 year old daughter decided "the middle of nowhere "was more accurate. It was hard to argue with her, though there are probably more tourists on the road these days , than there were locals in its heyday.
It was probably the route of NZ's last mixed train , with a carriage attached to the daily goods train till the mid eighties or so.
My target for the day was the Bushlands camp at Tangarakau, http://bushlands.co.nz/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;, we ran out of daylight and stayed at Whangamomona.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whangamomona" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; .
All told, it was a great trip , with lots of railway history , and a good taste of backcountry NZ.
Hre are the pictures , mainly of the Tangarakau station and area .
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