Unplugged yet still 'on the line' as you travel the entire 142km from Okahukura to Stratford or Stratford to Okahukura with an overnight stay (additional to tour - see details below) in Whangamomona.  You'll go through all 24 tunnels, cross all 98 bridges and see the remnants of the original settlements along the line. The history of this unique landscape will resonate as you absorb the stories and relive the memories of New Zealand's pioneering past with this two-day journey back in time.  The ultimate experience.

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Highlights

  • Explore the full 142km length of the Okahukura-Stratford Line
  • Travel through all 24 tunnels, cross all 98 bridges and see the remnants of the original settlements along the line
  • 2 days of full immersion in the scenery, stories and history of the Forgotten World
  • Stay overnight in Whangamomona (accommodation extra)
  • Discover the characteristic Republic of Whangamomona and stay overnight in the Republic

Inclusions

  • 142km Rail Cart Journey
  • Knowledgeable local guide
  • Morning & Afternoon tea on both days - includes home baking & snacks
  • 2 Lunches 
  • Local transfers to/ from start and end points (return transport not included)
  • Transfers of your overnight luggage

Itinerary

THE ULTIMATE DAY 1

Check in at the Forgotten World Motel and take a shuttle bus to the start of the line at Okahukura. Here you’ll board your Rail Cart and set off on your journey through the Forgotten World. Immerse yourself in the changing views of rolling hills, remote farmland and native bush, and experience wildlife close to the tracks.

Stop along the way to hear stories from your guide of the land, its people and history. Travel over bridges and through and-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. Overnight accommodation is not included and must be booked separately.

THE ULTIMATE DAY 2

Depart Whangamomona and continue your journey to Stratford. Discover ever-changing vistas as you learn about the history of the area and the stories of the settlers. See redwood plantations, pine forest and deer farms and get up close and personal with local wildlife in sheep and beef country. 

Stop for morning tea and home baking at TeWera Station siding, and visit an organic farm with the opportunity to sample and buy locally made produce.

Enjoy lunch at Douglas Station, then continue your journey and marvel at the spectacular Mt Taranaki dominating the skyline. Travel on the largest bridge over the Patea River, and discover Taranaki dairy farmland. Arrive at Victoria Road in Stratford about 3pm ready for your onward travel or take the same day return shuttle to Taumarunui (additional cost)

 This tour also operates in reverse (Stratford to Whangamomona 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 Ultimate
Business: Forgotten World Adventures
Prices:
$639.00 Per Adult
Tours can also start at 9:15am which finish at 5:30pm