How can I buy New Zealand passport, buy New Zealand driver license, order fake New Zealand ID card. Sometimes geographical features are named aptly, and New Zealand’s Forgotten World Highway is definitely one of those.
Driving from the town of Taumarunui to Whangamōmona in Taranaki in the western part of New Zealand’s North Island, makes you feel like you’re winding through a part of the world that time forgot. It’s a place where moas (now-extinct 8ft flightless birds) crashed clumsily through the forest and thick green vines and ferns twisted their way around ancient kauri and totara trees, the lush darkness punctuated only by magical shafts of green light stabbing through the forest canopy. The 87km road is twisted and unforgiving, but the pristine bush and scenic saddles make it worth it, as you drive towards the Republic of Whangamōmona, or “the Republic”, as locals sometimes like to call it.
This tiny, remote town is well known in New Zealand as the place that refused to be swallowed up by new zoning regulations in the late ’80s and consequently declared itself independent. It even has its own “passport”. In fact, if you happen to turn up on Republic Day, held biennially in January, you can’t actually enter the town without a one. It’s obviously all a bit tongue and cheek, but it does stem back to a time when it was somewhat less of a joke – to 1989, when alterations were proposed to regional borders that would move Whangamōmona from Taranaki Province to Manawatu/Wanganui.
Gaylene Coplestone remembers it well. “David Walter was the mayor of Stratford District Council at the time. He was a good friend of ours and obviously very involved in local politics. He wasn’t too pleased when they announced the borders were going to move.”