This two day adventure, explores the Forgotten Highway, the Whanganui River and the Whanganui National Park, with and overnight stay in the Republic of Whangamomona. Experience the Forgotten World from every angle, joining us on the Rail, River, Helicopter & Trails to truly embrace the magic of this spectacular region to its fullest.

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Highlights

  • Experience the highlights of the Rail Carts on a 20 Tunnel Tour
  • Scenic helicopter flight over the spectacular Whanganui National Park
  • Jet Boat tour of the Whanganui River
  • Discover the iconic Bridge to Nowhere
  • Overnight stay in the Republic of Whangamomona

Inclusions

  • Rail Cart journey, helicopter flight and Jet Boat tour
  • Knowledgeable local guides
  • Morning tea, home baking and lunches both days
  • Evening meal and breakfast at the Whangamomona Hotel
  • Overnight accommodation in the Republic of Whangamomona
  • Return transfer of your overnight luggage
  • Shuttles to tour start and end points, Taumarunui

Itinerary

EXPEDITION DAY 1

Check in at the Forgotten World Motel and take a short shuttle bus to the start of the line at Okahukura. Board your Rail Cart and spend a full day exploring the Okahukura-Stratford line on the 20 Tunnel tour.

Stop along the way to hear stories from your guide of the land, its people and history. Travel over bridges and through hand-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.  

Arrive in the Republic of Whangamomona, explore the area and its charismatic pub, then enjoy dinner and an overnight stay (included).

EXPEDITION DAY 2

Wake up in the Republic, enjoy your breakfast, then start your adventure with a scenic helicopter flight taking in the spectacular views of the Whanganui National Park.

Land in the Mangaparua Valley and take a 2.5km native forest walk down to the iconic Bridge to Nowhere. Continue your National Park walk another 2.5km on to the Whanganui River where you will board your Jet Boat. 

As you Jet Boat the river, learn stories of the people who lived in this remote part of the world, and explore historical and cultural sights including Tamatea’s Cave, Kirikiriroa Marae site and Tarei Po Kiore Whirlpool. Enjoy a lunch stop at John Coull Hut as you Jet Boat the Whanganui River back to Taumarunui.

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:
Two Days
Difficulty:
Easy
The Expedition
Business: Forgotten World Adventures
Prices:
$1399 Per Adult