FWH- 4 - WHANGAMOMONA
Whangamomona [Historic place] - Valley of Plenty- Settled in 1895.
It was hard to imagine that back in those days, Whangamomona was a frontier town of 300 residents, providing strong service links to the farmers trying to make a living from the nearby bush
The town experienced a great flood in 1924, but farm mergers and rationalisation of
the 1960s put paid to the township’s expansion, and its population has since declined to around 30 residents. What we could see of the town, was the Whangamomona Hotel is now the focal point, you can have a meal there, or stay in their accommodation.
Whangamomona declared itself a republic in 1989, complete with its own
presidential election. 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 Hotel.
There is a memorial to Alice King just north of the town, recognising the hardships faced by this farmer and mother, who raised one of the first seven families to settle the area in the 1890s. Alice’s grave site is marked over the river by a stainless steel cross.