Experience rock strewn rapids by Jet Boat as you travel down the majestic Whanganui river to Lauren’s Lavender farm. Stroll through the lavender fields, enjoy the tranquility of this riverside paradise, or relax and enjoy the café and gift shop.




  • Take in the breathtaking scenery and native bush
  • Enjoy the short fun rapids of the Whanganui River
  • Discover Lauren’s Lavender Farm
  • Bask in the tranquility of this riverside haven
  • 3-hour Jet Boat & Lavender Farm adventure perfect for everyone


  • 40km return Jet Boat ride along the Whanganui River
  • Entry to Lauren’s Lavender farm (coffee & cake available to purchase at additional cost)
  • Knowledgeable local river-guide
  • Return shuttles between Taumarunui and the Whanganui River


Meet at the Forgotten World Motel, for a short shuttle trip to board your Jet Boat. Depart Taumarunui, the upper most region of the Whanganui River on your river adventure. Travel downstream skimming over rapids, taking in the breathtaking scenery of farmland and bush clad hills. You'll hear about the rock formations at Herlihy’s Bluff, Omaka rapid and the longest continuous fall in the river.Return by Jet Boat back to Cherry Grove, Taumarunui

We disembark, where a stair climb takes you from the river to Lauren's Lavender Farm, café and gift shop. Here you can purchase coffee, cake, lavender products and gifts, or simply take time to wander through the rows of lavender and enjoy the view of the river and surrounding native bush. 

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.


3 Hours
Lavender Run
Business: Forgotten World Adventures
$99 Per Child
$159 Per Adult
Family Pass (2 Adults & 2 Children): $429