Named by Lonely Planet as a key highlight on the Forgotten World Highway, Whangamomona is a quaint town 45 minutes west of Stratford.
Whangamomona is famous for its rich frontier history. Frustrated with local councils, residents declared it ‘The Republic of Whangamomona’ in 1989, and held their own presidential elections.
The famous Republic Day is held biennially in January, and is enjoyed by thousands of visitors.
Passports to the Republic of Whangamomona are available from the iconic Whangamomona Hotel, which has a Historic Places Trust rating. As well as passports, the hotel provides hearty meals and accommodation.
Whangamomona is home to around 30 residents, and is a must-see along the picturesque Forgotten World Highway.