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Taranaki Pioneer Village, on the outskirts of Stratford, is worth a visit and sets the scene for a journey back in time through the Forgotten World Highway.
Take a breather from the hustle and bustle of town in this oasis of tranquillity, just a few minutes walk from the city centre.
The views are guaranteed to take your breath away on this day-long walking track that wanders through native and pine forest from Penzance Bay across to Elaine Bay. You can also mountain bike on the track.
Bring your binoculars as there are plenty of birds to see in this vast wetlands and saltmarsh habitat. The flat path leads along the shoreline of the upper lagoon, past Budges and Moerepo Islands and out to the main channel.
This is a great way to get a brief taste of the magnificent flora of Tongariro National Park without too much effort, and the sealed track is wheelchair friendly as well.
Make a visit to New Zealand's most comprehensive Army Museum for access to a unique collection of military exhibits, memorabilia and public research material. A place where families can seek out and relate to their military connections.