Experience deep gorges masked in native bush and banks encased with ferns, caves and waterfalls on this full day Jet Boat experience on the majestic Whanganui River. Visit the iconic Bridge to Nowhere, built with the promise of opening up land for pioneering farmers of the Whanganui National Park. A day never to be forgotten. 




  • Venture by Jet Boat through rapids taking in the changing scenery of the Whanganui River
  • Walk the trails to the iconic Bridge to Nowhere and learn the unique history of this feature
  • Experience deep gorges masked in native bush and banks encased with ferns, caves and waterfalls
  • See the bird and wildlife of the Whanganui National Park
  • Learn about the unique history of Maori on the river, the steamboats and the early settlements along the way


  • 232km return Jet Boat trip
  • Shuttle transfers between Taumarunui and Cherry Grove
  • Experienced and knowledgeable local driver-guide
  • Morning tea with snacks and home baking
  • Tasty ploughman's lunch


Depart on your Jet Boat tour from Taumarunui, the upper most region of the Whanganui River.

Traveling downstream you’ll pass through King Country farmland and bush clad hills and into the middle reaches of the Whanganui National Park. Discover Tamatea’s cave, the Whirlpool, Tarei Po Kiore and Kirikiriroa Marae site, and hear stories of the river and its historical and cultural significance.

Arrive at the Mangaparua landing and take a beautiful 2.5km trail walk through the Whanganui National Park to the iconic Bridge to Nowhere. Enjoy a picnic lunch and learn about the farming pioneers that once tried to settle there.

The return journey is just as exciting with time to enjoy the scenery and plentiful bird life.

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.


8 Hours
Bridge to Nowhere
Business: Forgotten World Adventures
$349 Per Adult
$279 Per Child
Family Pass (2 Adults & 2 Children): $1320