Nearly all the streets in the settlement of Stratford are named after Shakespearean characters. It’s pretty easy to guess why – Stratford-in-Taranaki was named to honour Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon. If you’re planning to venture into the Egmont National Park, this town is a handy accommodation base or supply stop. It’s also the last fuelling point before the Forgotten World Highway – a wild 150 kilometre journey (with no service stations) that ends at Taumarunui. Admire the glockenspiel in the town centre - it’s one of a kind in New Zealand. The local pioneer village delivers an interesting history lesson. Functional facts: Approx. population8900, i-SITE Visitor Centre, wide range of shops, restaurants and services.