Adventure by Jet Boat skimming through rapids of the Whanganui River and enjoy the breathtaking scenery of farmland and bush clad hills. Hear the tales of Alexander Hatrick, the first person to take tourists on the Whanganui River over 100 years ago.




  • Experience the scenery of the Whanganui river
  • Learn about Alexander Hatrick - tourism pioneer on the Whanganui River
  • 1 hour highlights tour for those short of time


  • 1 hour Jet Boat tour
  • Knowledgeable local driver-guide
  • Shuttles to and from the river from Forgotten World Motel, Taumarunui


Meet at the Forgotten World Motel, for your private shuttle to the Whanganui River. Board your Jet Boat and get ready for your journey, a 45km return Jet Boat adventure to remember. Skim through rapids and dark deep pools enjoying the breathtaking scenery of farmland and bush clad hills.A fun exploration of the upper reaches of the Whanganui River.

Hear the stories of life along the river from the early Maori settlers through to the agricultural land use today.  

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.


1 Hour
The Hatrick
Business: Forgotten World Adventures
$99 Per Child
$129 Per Adult
Family Pass (2 Adults & 2 Children ): $380