- Duration: 3 Days (approx.)
- Location: Taumarunui
- Product code: EPIC-Day1-4
The Epic travels across wide expanses of rugged countryside and native bush, over 47 bridges and through 20 tunnels before arriving in New Zealand’s only self-proclaimed republic – Whangamomona. After spending the night, continue through the remaining tunnels on the SOL rail line and 18 more bridges on the way to Stratford. From here a shuttle takes you to Whanganui for your next overnight stay at the Aotea Motor Lodge.
On Day 3, you will be treated to morning tea at the Matahiwi Gallery, after which you will travel to Pipiriki, a settlement on the eastern bank of the stunning Whanganui River, for your two day journey up the Whanganui River.
In addition to the breathtaking landscape of the Whanganui River, the highlights of the last two days of your tour will be the short walk into your lunch stop on the Bridge to Nowhere, a night’s accommodation, dinner and breakfast at the tranquil Blue Duck Station in Whakahoro, and lunch on Day 4 at Lauren’s Lavender Farm before arriving back in Taumarunui to conclude your Epic adventure.
You’ll feel fully connected to this wonderful landscape after four days adventuring on the rail and the river. It will leave you in awe of the life our forefathers forged for themselves that somehow remains intrinsic in us all.
This trip is limited to 60 seats throughout the season. All accommodation and specified meals are included.
A pre-trip briefing is held at 4.30pm the day before your tour. This will outline your itinerary and answer any questions you may have.