Enjoy the scenery of the changing rural landscapes including, forests and farms and get up close and personal with the local wildlife, while you travel the Okahukura-Stratford line between Stratford and the Republic of Whangamomona. Visit an organic farm with the opportunity to sample and buy locally made produce. Enjoy lunch at Douglas station and enjoy the views of spectacular Mt Taranaki, a dormant volcano that stands 2,518m tall and last erupted in 1775.




  • Discover the breathtaking landscapes and stories of the Okahukura-Stratford line
  • Travel over 18 bridges and through 3 tunnels including the unique S-shaped 615m Whangamomona Tunnel
  • Travel on the largest bridge over the Patea River
  • Discover a redwood plantation, and TeWera pine forest
  • Visit an Organic Farm and sample local produce
  • Enjoy a stroll around the Whangamomona Republic


  • 60km Rail Cart journey
  • Knowledgeable Local Guide
  • Morning tea
  • Lunch
  • Return Shuttle Whangamomona to Stratford (or reverse)


Starting in Stratford, you'll be shuttled to the start of your tour. Board your Rail Cart and set off on your journey into the Forgotten World. Discover ever-changing vistas as you learn about the history of the area and the stories of the settlers. Stop for morning tea and home baking at Douglas, see redwood plantations, pine forest and deer farms and get up close and personal with local wildlife in sheep and beef country.

Visit an organic farm with the opportunity to sample and buy locally made produce and journey through several tunnels including the S-bend tunnel arriving in to Whangamomona. Here, explore the Republic, take a stroll or grab a drink at the famous Whangamomona Hotel (additional cost).  

Then, a return transfer takes you back along the Forgotten World Highway, back to Stratford. 

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.


8 Hours
Stratford to Republic
Business: Forgotten World Adventures
$295 Per Adult
Tours can also start at 9:30