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Forgotten World Motel

Situated at the northern end of Taumarunui, the gateway to the Forgotten World, Forgotten World Motel offers a warm welcome with clean fresh units and warm comfortable beds.

With a supermarket over the road and just a short stroll to the shopping centre, restaurants and cafes, you will feel at right at home.  We have ample free parking and are happy for your vehicle to remain with us while you are out adventuring on any of the Forgotten World Adventures!


We pride ourselves on being the best place to begin or finish your Forgotten World Adventure, or to break your long drive between Wellington and Auckland.  We have 16 available units in a variety of configurations to suit couples, families, work groups, or singles.  All units have TV’s with Sky, electric blankets, heaters for the winter and fans for the summer months.  You will be welcomed with complimentary tea, coffee and home baking on arrival.  Some units have a full kitchen, some a kitchenette and some just a toaster.  The choice is yours as to whether you want to take care of your own meals or enjoy the friendliness of Taumarunui’s restaurants.  We are happy to help you with your breakfast needs. Just choose from the menu and place your order the night before.

We enjoy hosting visitors from all over NZ and around the world.  We love helping you decide which of the many exciting things to do in the Ruapehu area, suit you best and then enabling that to happen.  We are within easy reach of the ski fields of Mt Ruapehu and a wide range of outdoor pursuits, including cycling, hunting, fishing, tramping or canoeing or jetboating the Whanganui River.



address: 9 Hakiaha St, Taumarunui 3920

email: stayfwa.conz

phone: 0800 7245 2278 or +64 7 895 7181

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