This Shakespearean-inspired town looks after hikers, cyclists, and climbers who plan to venture into Egmont National Park/Te Papakura o Taranaki. Taranaki Maunga is right next door.
Nearly all the streets in 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.
Admire the glockenspiel standing proud in the town centre - it’s one of a kind in New Zealand - with Shakespeare’s most famous star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, emerging for the balcony scene four times a day. The glockenspiel performs for approximately 5 minutes, after the hour chimes at 10am, 1pm, 3pm and 7pm.
If you’re planning to venture into the Egmont National Park/Te Papakura o Taranaki, this town is a handy accommodation base or supply stop. It’s also the last fuelling point before the Forgotten World Highway – a unique 150 kilometre journey (with no service stations) that ends at Taumarunui.