Stratford District Council
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Stratford is located at the junction of State Highway 3 and State Highway 43, in the heart of Central Taranaki, in the North Island of New Zealand. Closest main centre to Egmont National Park, Stratford is gateway to Mt Taranaki, The Manganui Ski Field, Dawson Falls, and the Forgotten World Highway (SH43) which wends its way through east Taranaki to Taumaranui.

Stratford has a plethora of attractions: attractive parks and gardens, New Zealand's only glockenspiel tower, great food and accommodation, top golf courses and many leisure activities to suit those who enjoy outdoor pursuits.There are a number of walks which range from a quiet stroll beside the bush-clad Patea River to a four-day trek in Egmont National park. Cyclists are catered for too with easy to challenging and difficult terrain which suits mountain bikers.

Find your own sweet spot

If you are happier behind the wheel there are numerous little byways and country roads that will take you on exciting little journeys through the countryside to interesting and beautiful locations, some of them with historical significance. You're sure to find a place for a picnic or a cafe to enjoy a coffee. Glorious Mt Taranaki vistas provide inspiration for artists and photographers, and for those who just want to chill out and soak up the scenery.

Stratford provides and warm and friendly atmosphere for families and people who enjoy a slower pace of life.

Did you know?

That most of the streets in town are named after Shakespearean characters? 

For Local Activities see the above Directory Tab.

Stratford District Council Telephone: 06 765 6099

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Walking and cycling trails

Forgotten World Highway

Trail type: Cycling
Direction: One way
Cycling Duration: hrs
Distance: 185
Gradiant: Moderate
Tramping: No
Dog Friendly: No

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Whitecliffs Walkway

Trail type: Walking
Direction: One way
Walking Duration: hrs
Distance: 19.2
Tramping: No
Dog Friendly: No

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