Into the Wilderness

 

Into the Wilderness

Take one last look at civilization as you stand at New Zealand’s only working Glockenspiel before beginning your adventure down the Forgotten World Highway. Stop and visit the magnificent purple fields of Lavender Lane, where you can buy high quality products direct from the farmers like the old days. Hear their stories and see their passion.

The next village you enter is Toko where you can stop at the Toko Tavern and have a beer (or coffee) with the locals whom are sure to have some high quality banter on offer. If you can drag yourself away from the friendly folk at the Toko Tavern you will make your way to Douglas, which was the home to a brick and pipework’s factory in the 1920s (one of the few in New Zealand).

The smaller kiln has been preserved and is part of Forgotten World Highway heritage trail. As you continue to cycle, you will notice the number of cars decreasing and the number of animals increasing. Surrounded by the serenity of country living, you will find Avonstour Rare Breeds, Organic Farms. Here you can buy meat or eggs, immerse yourself with the animals and be educated by the farm owners. A short, but windy cycle onwards will lead you to the Purangi Kiwi Project where you can see where our national icon, the kiwi, lives and explore the native bushwalks.

You will feel as though you are seeing the land as the early settlers once did as it is untamed by humans and ruled by nature. If you are looking to forget about the pressures of modern day living and are wanting to see how the other half live, this is a fantastic cycle track where you will see more animals than cars and you will take away experiences that only Eastern Taranaki can offer.

Highlights:

  • Glockenspiel
  • Lavender Lane
  • Toko Tavern
  • Douglas Brick and Pipeworks
  • Avonstour Rare breeds Organic Farm
  • Puragni Kiwi Project

 

Price

$120 per person (minimum 2 people)

Distance

45 km

Difficulty

Moderate

Duration

Full day

Departure Times

On-demand shuttle & Mountain Bike

Included

Bike, Helmet, Safety Gear & Briefing, Map and Shuttle

Category
Cycle