Our most popular tour, this full day experience immerses you in the Forgotten World and its history. Travel through breathtaking landscapes and discover a different vista every time you emerge from a tunnel.

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Highlights

  • Travel through the Tangarakau Gorge
  • Visit the Whangamomona Republic and the historic hotel
  • Listen to stories of the Forgotten townships of Matiere, Ohura, Tokirima, Haeo,and Tangarakau
  • Marvel at the breathtaking landscapes steeped in history and stories
  • Experience the line’s longest tunnel at 1.5km and the beautiful hand-built brick tunnels

Inclusions

  • 82km Rail Cart Journey
  • Knowledgeable Local Guide
  • Shuttle transfers to/from Okahukura and Whangamomona
  • Morning and afternoon tea stops with home baking and snacks
  • Ploughman’s Lunch at Tokirima Station

Itinerary 

Check in at the Forgotten World Motel and take a shuttle bus to the start of the line at Okahukura. Here you’ll board your Rail Cart and set off on your journey through the Forgotten World. Immerse yourself in the changing views of rolling hills, remote farmland and native bush, and experience wildlife close to the tracks.

Stop along the way to hear stories from your guide of the land, its people and history. Travel over bridges and through and-built brick tunnels, including the lines longest tunnel at 1.5km, and journey through the Tangarakau Gorge.

Enjoy morning and afternoon tea stops at historic settlements of Matiere and Tangarakau, and a Ploughman’s lunch at Tokirima.  

Discover the Republic of Whangamomona, explore the town and its charismatic pub. Then a return transfer takes you by bus along the Forgotten World Highway, back to Taumarunui.

This tour also runs in reverse.

The RailCarts have waterproof containers on the back of each cart that are ideal for holding personal day bags and extra coats. Please find a list of things you may want to bring with you just below. For more information click here.

  • Allergy medications
  • Warm clothing
  • Rainproof coat if rain is forecast. 
  • Sturdy Footwear
  • Snacks 
  • Water bottle
  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Cash 

Taumarunui - Vehicles may be left in a secure area at the Forgotten World Adventures (FWA) depot car park free of charge

Stratford - Vehicles may be left at the Eastern Taranaki Experience depot in an unsecured area. A shuttle will then transport you from there to the start of your tour. For those experiencing The Ultimate, the shuttle is included within the cost of your tour. For those experiencing the Republic Rail Picnic and prefer to leave vehicles in Stratford and take a shuttle to Douglas, then a fee of $15 per head is payable to the shuttle driver.

There is off road unsecured parking at Douglas close to the line where The Republic Picnic tour departs at no charge.

We cannot allow alcohol to be consumed whilst on the line itself. Anyone in control of a railcart must not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Not on our railway line. No-one is too young or too old!

However in our jet boat children must be 3 years of age or over.

To ensure their safety, children travelling on the RailCarts must bring their car appropriate car-seat for use in the cart, and must remain strapped in any time the cart is moving.

All children must be fully supervised by an adult at all times.

The shorter tours seem to be proving more suitable for young children

We offer family discounts on four of our tours. The 5 Tunnel Railcart tour and jetboat tours; the Lavender Run, The Hatrick and the Bridge to Nowhere. Please note though, that we cannot have children under 3 in our jet boat.

As we are travelling through rural countryside with working farms on each side of the railway corridor we cannot allow any pets on the line.

Details

Length:
10 Hours
Difficulty:
Easy
20 Tunnels
Business: Forgotten World Adventures
Prices:
$349 Per Adult