Improvements to SH43 - Forgotten World Highway are a major forcus for the Taranaki Regional Transport Committee.
SH43 connects Stratford with Taumarunui over a distance of approximately 149km. The road is relatively narrow with many sharp turns and changes in grade as it passes over a number of saddles and through the Tangarakau Gorge. 12km of the route through the Tangarakau Gorge is unsealed.
SH43's designation as the 'Forgotten World Highway' harks to the existence of abandoned settlements along its length and its relative isolation.
It provides access to several walking tracks and other attractions including the village of Whangamomona.
In 2017 the Taranaki Regional Council commissioned an investigation by Abley Transportation Consultants, The investigation concluded that improvements were needed, including complete sealing.
In December 2017 the NZ Transport Agency started work on a business case for completing the sealing of SH43.