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Stratford (New Zealand)

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Stratford (New Zealand)

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Stratford is in New Zealand. Sitting on the banks of the Patea River, Stratford enjoys impressive views of Mount Taranaki/Egmont. The mountain provides a year-round source of recreation, with skiing, hiking, climbing and scenic walks. Trout fishing is popular at the region's rivers and streams, and the town boasts several fine gardens, including Te Popo. South of Stratford, the Taranaki Pioneer Village houses a collection of historic buildings. The Stratford-Taumaranui Heritage Trail also takes in historic sites - a booklet about the trail is available at the visitor centre.

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By car[edit]

Hire a car in New Plymouth or bring a campervan.

Transport to/from the New Plymouth Airport and local taxi service can be booked with local provider Dial A Lift

Get around[edit]

Stratford is small enough to walk around. There is no real bus system but a local taxi service does exist.

There is a 4 times daily bus service that connects to New Plymouth and Hawera.

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All of the streets have Shakespearean names. Romeo St. and Juliet St. don't intersect for some reason. There is an art gallery next to the I-Site.

New Zealand's only glockenspiel is in Stratford.

  • Whangamomona Republic. New Zealand's "other nation." 50 km or so east on SH43. In January of every other year (2007, 2009, 2011...) the population swells to about 5,000 to celebratre its independence. Has a border guard (an outdoor toilet), a president, and its own beer. Get your passport stamped at the hotel.  edit

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Chocolates at the sweet shop are in the shape of Taranaki, the Glockenspiel, kiwi, etc.

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There is a good bakery and a small ethnic shop selling cheap groceries. New World supermarket is the town's only big supermarket, selling a large range of groceries. There is an Italian restaurant serving excellent pizza, located on the main street

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There is free internet at the library. Expect a wait and a 30 minute time limit

Get out[edit]

Head south to Hawera or north to New Plymouth, on SH3. The Forgotten World Highway (SH43) to Taumarunui is one of New Zealand's most underrated drives.

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