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5 Tunnel Tour

5 Tunnel Tour

Departing from Taumarunui only, experience the first 16km of the Forgotten World Railway. Travel through 5 tunnels including the longest tunnel (1.5km) on the line before stopping for light snack and returning on the rails.

Departing from Taumarunui only.

Travel through 5 tunnels including the longest tunnel (1.5km) plus four beautiful hand built brick tunnels. The trip is 32km return. Travel through stunning hill country farms and native bush. 

Child rates apply to children aged 15 years and under.

  • Duration : 3 Hours (approx.)
From NZD NZ$145.00

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20 Tunnel Tour 1 - Taumarunui to Whangamomona × × × Book Now 33 Available × × ×
20 Tunnel Tour 1 - Taumarunui to Whangamomona

20 Tunnel Tour 1 - Taumarunui to Whangamomona

The 20 Tunnel experience will transport you back through history, and get you home in time for dinner. This is a full day and more than 80km of total immersion into the true stories and tall tales woven into this unique landscape.

Tour departs the FWA Taumarunui Depot at 7.30am and will  arrive in Whangamomona approx 3.45pm - The "Same Day" shuttle picks you up after a quick look around Whangamomona and delivers you back to our Taumarunui depot at approx 6.15pm.

Choose this tour if you are planning to:

start and finish in Taumarunui OR

start in Taumarunui, stay overnight in Whangamomona and return to Taumarunui the next day OR 

start in Taumarunui and have your vehicle transferred to Whangamomona to continue your journey from there.

Additional Options:

  • Stay overnight in Whangamomona (just let us know if you would like us to book accommodation for you ) and return to Taumarunui on our Next Day Shuttle 
  • Book a vehicle transfer so your vehicle is waiting for you in Whangamomona
  • Book accommodation in Taumarunui for the night before and/or the night after your tour



  • Duration : 10 Hours (approx.)
From NZD NZ$325.00

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20 Tunnel Tour 2 - Whangamomona to Taumarunui × × × × × × Book Now 30 Available
20 Tunnel Tour 2 - Whangamomona to Taumarunui

20 Tunnel Tour 2 - Whangamomona to Taumarunui

The 20 Tunnel experience will transport you back through history, and get you home in time for dinner.

The 20 Tunnel 2 tour begins in Taumarunui at 7:15 pm.  You will board our shuttle bus to travel to Whangamomona by road.  After a quick look around the Whangamomona village you will receive your safety briefing at at the Whangamomona Station before heading off along the rails to finish your tour at our Okahukura.  From there you will board the shuttle bus for the 10 minute ride back to our base in Taumarunui.

Options available for this tour include:
1. Staying the night at the Whangamomona Hotel before the tour and booking a vehicle transfer so that your car is waiting for you in Taumarunui when you get back to our depot. Just let us know if you would like us to book accommodation for you.

2. Driving up from Taranaki on the morning of your tour and meeting the tour at the Whangamomona Station at 9:30am. Do allow sufficient time for a look around Whangamomona.  It is worth it! After your tour stay the night in Taumarunui and book a non- standard shuttle back to Whangamomona the next day.  The shuttle will depart for Whangamomona at 7:30am.

3.  Driving up from Taranaki on the morning of your tour and meeting the tour at the Whangamomona Station at 9:30am.  Our free of charge Same Day shuttle will return you to Whangamomona around 7pm.


  • Duration : 10 Hours (approx.)
From NZD NZ$325.00

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Rail River Run × × × Book Now 24 Available × Book Now 13 Available ×
Rail River Run

Rail River Run

Enjoy the best of both worlds travelling by RailCart on the Forgotten World Railway through 10 tunnels and via Jet boat along 23km of the Whanganui River.



7:30am departure: Travel through 10 hand dug tunnels and over 20 bridges before enjoying your waiting lunch at the old Tokirima Station.  After lunch you will be shuttled down to the Ohinepane landing to the waiting jet boat for an exhilarating 23 km ride back up the Whanganui River to Cherry Grove in Taumarunui.


10:30am departure: Our shuttle will take you down to Cherry Grove to jet boat 23km down the Whanganui River to Ohinepane Landing.From there you leave the river and board our shuttle to have lunch at the old Tokirima Station.  After lunch, board your RailCart and travel through 10 hand dug tunnels and over 20 bridges as you make your way back up the line to Okahukura.  From there it is a 10 minute shuttle back to our Taumarunui depot.

Enjoy the best of both worldTravel 23km down the magnificent Whanganui River to be picked up by our shuttle and taken to the old Tokirima Station. There you will board your RailCart and to travel the 30 km of rail line back to Okahukura. 

  • Duration : 7 Hours (approx.)
From NZD NZ$345.00

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Republic Rail Picnic × × × Book Now 18 Available × × ×
Republic Rail Picnic

Republic Rail Picnic

Leave the gentle plains of Taranaki and enter the Forgotten World. Departing from Douglas, just east of Stratford, the railway winds its way into the hills towards the self-proclaimed republic of Whangamomona.

Leave the gentle plains of Taranaki and enter the
Forgotten World. Departing from Douglas, just east of Stratford, the railway
winds its way into the hills towards the self-proclaimed republic of
Whangamomona. Watch as the landscape slowly transforms from lush dairy pastures
to rugged hills, with native bush becoming more extensive the closer you get to
your destination. Take your own picnic or purchase lunch (additional) at the
Whangamomona Hotel, before boarding your cart for the return journey to
Douglas. Morning tea included. 

  • Duration : 8 Hours (approx.)
From NZD NZ$250.00

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The Expedition × × × Book Now 12 Available × × ×
The Expedition

The Expedition

A two part expedition. The first day is our 20 Tunnel tour which will transport you back through history to the Republic of Whangamomona! The second day you'll be jet boating the Whanganui River exploring historical sites and scenery.

Join us for a Forgotten World Expedition. A day on the rails and a day jet boating along the Whanganui River on the longest commercial jet boat tour in the Southern Hemisphere. The Expedition is two full days and includes one night accommodation.
RailCart down the Forgotten World Railway to the Republic of Whangamomona, more than 80km of total immersion into the true stories and tall tales woven into this unique landscape. Stay the night in the Republic. The second day after a spectacular helicopter flight over the Whanganui National Park to the Bridge to Nowhere, you'll be jet boating up the Whanganui River exploring historical sites and scenes, including the "Bridge to Nowhere" on the longest commercial jet boat tour in the Southern Hemisphere. Along the way stopping for morning, afternoon tea and lunch. This is the longest commercial jet boat tour in the Southern Hemisphere.


The Expedition includes;

Day One
- 20 tunnel tour - Taumarunui to Whangamomona. including morning and afternoon tea, lunch and local guide.
- Accommodation at the historic Whangamomona Hotel including dinner and full cooked breakfast.

- Cooked breakfast

Day Two

- Cooked breakfast

- 25km helicopter flight (weather permitting), the alternative will be to drive the Forgotten World Highway to the Whanganui River.

- 110km jet boat ride on the Whanganui River. Walk to the Bridge to Nowhere (40 min one way)

- Morning, afternoon tea and lunch, driver/guide

- Returning to Taumarunui 4:30pm.


  • Duration : 8 Hours (approx.)
From NZD NZ$1,375.00

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The Ultimate 2 - Stratford to Taumarunui × × × × × × ×
The Ultimate 2 - Stratford to Taumarunui

The Ultimate 2 - Stratford to Taumarunui

Unplugged yet "still on the line", you travel the full 142 kms of the Forgotten World Railway. Day 1 travel from Stratford to Whangamomona. Day 2 travel from Whangamomona to Okahukura. All 24 Tunnels & 98 Bridges, the ultimate experience!

Unplugged yet "still on the line", you travel the full 142 kms of the Forgotten World Railway. Day 1 travel from Stratford to Whangamomona.  Day 2 travel from Whangamomona to Okahukura. All  24 Tunnels & 98 Bridges, the ultimate experience!

  • Duration : 32 Hours (approx.)
From NZD NZ$650.00

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The Ultimate 1 - Taumarunui to Stratford × × × × × × ×
The Ultimate 1 - Taumarunui to Stratford

The Ultimate 1 - Taumarunui to Stratford

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. Unplugged yet still ‘on the line’ as you travel the entire 142km

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.  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) 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 ultimate experience.

You can continue on your travels from here, talk to us about a vehicle transfer, or we can help you organise a return shuttle to your departure point. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon snacks are provided on both days.

  • Duration : 32 Hours (approx.)
From NZD NZ$650.00

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Lavender Run (Jet Boat) × × × × × × Book Now 1 Available
Lavender Run (Jet Boat)

Lavender Run (Jet Boat)

Explore the upper reaches of the Whanganui River, jet boat down the challenging the rock strewn white water rapids and enjoying the breath taking scenery of farmland and bush clad hills & gorges. Relax & grab a coffee at the Lavender Farm.

Jet boat down the Whanganui River challenging the rock strewn white water rapids and enjoying the breath taking scenery of farmland and bush clad hills and gorges.

Then there is a short climb up to Lauren's Lavender Farm, Café and Giftshop, a beautiful hidden oasis. Try Lauren’s Lavender products and wonderful gift ideas. 

Enjoy a coffee and cake or purchase the optional picnic lunch, as you wander through the lavenders and enjoy the view of the river and surrounding native bush. 

Pull up a chair, close your eyes, listen to the birds and relax within the peaceful ambiance this café provides.  

Then return by jet boat back to Cherry Grove, Taumarunui. A 40km return jet boat adventure to remember.

Duration: approximately two hours


Child rates apply to children aged 15 years and under.

  • Duration : 2 Hours (approx.)
From NZD NZ$145.00

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Bridge to Nowhere JetBoat Tour × × × × Book Now 15 Available × ×
Bridge to Nowhere JetBoat Tour

Bridge to Nowhere JetBoat Tour

Join us in Taumarunui for a magical journey down the Whanganui River to the aptly named Bridge to Nowhere. A full day tour through the Whanganui National Park. Learn about the natural and human history of this fascinating river.

Venture through white water rapids, take in the spectacular scenery of both rural farmland and the hidden depths of the Whanganui National Park.  Learn about the unique history of the river from early Maori settlement through to the establishment and demise of European farming communities.

Your ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ journey departs from the upper most region of the Whanganui River in Taumarunui. 

Travelling down stream you’ll pass through King Country farmland and bush clad hills  into the middle reaches of the Whanganui National Park with it's deep gorges masked in native bush,  fern encased banks, caves and waterfalls.  Sometimes skimming through the bubbling rapids, sometimes gliding over water as smooth as glass, observe remnants of the days when the river was used by steamboats and as the main means of transport of early settlers.  Arrive at the Mangaparua landing - gateway to the infamous Bridge to Nowhere. Take a leisurely and beautiful 40 minute native bush walk to the bridge.


Here you can sit and relax, have your supplied picnic lunch and imagine what it must have been like to live in this isolated area as an early pioneer.

The return journey is just as exciting with time to enjoy the scenery and plentiful bird life.  

Arrive back in Taumarunui approximately 4:00pm.



Child is considered 15 and under.

  • Duration : 8 Hours (approx.)
From NZD NZ$350.00

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Bridge to Nowhere - HeliJet × × × × Book Now 15 Available × ×
Bridge to Nowhere  - HeliJet

Bridge to Nowhere - HeliJet

Fly by Helicopter over the Whanganui National Park to the infamous Bridge to Nowhere. Return by JetBoat along the majestic Whanganui River

Take in the spectacular scenery of both rural farmland and the hidden depths of the Whanganui National Park.  Learn about the unique history of the river from early Maori settlement through to the establishment and demise of European farming communities.

Your ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ journey departs from the upper most region of the Whanganui River in Taumarunui. 

Travelling down stream you’ll pass through King Country farmland and bush clad hills  into the middle reaches of the Whanganui National Park with it's deep gorges masked in native bush,  fern encased banks, caves and waterfalls.  Sometimes skimming through the bubbling rapids, sometimes gliding over water as smooth as glass, observe remnants of the days when the river was used by steamboats and as the main means of transport of early settlers.  Arrive at the Mangaparua landing - gateway to the infamous Bridge to Nowhere. Take a leisurely and beautiful 40 minute native bush walk to the bridge.

Here you can sit and relax, have your supplied picnic lunch and imagine what it must have been like to live in this isolated area as an early pioneer.

The return journey is just as exciting with time to enjoy the scenery and plentiful bird life.  

Arrive back in Taumarunui approximately 4:00pm.

  • Duration : 8 Hours (approx.)
From NZD NZ$685.00

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The Hatrick

The Hatrick

A 1 hour jet boat experience on the upper Whanganui River. Learn about the rich history of this river and why we call this run the 'Hatrick'.

A 1 hour jet boat experience.  Explore the upper reaches of the Whanganui River, jet boat down the challenging rock strewn white water rapids and enjoying the breathtaking scenery of farmland and bush clad hills.  Learn about the rich history of this river and why we call this run the 'Hatrick'. 

  • Duration : 60 Minutes (approx.)
From NZD NZ$115.00

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Stratford to the Republic 1 - Whangamomona to Stratford × × × × × × ×
Stratford to the Republic 1 - Whangamomona to Stratford

Stratford to the Republic 1 - Whangamomona to Stratford

Explore the Taranaki end of the Forgotten World! Travel the line between Stratford and NZ’s first Republic, Whangamomona. This one day tour includes views of the spectacular dormant volcano, Mt Taranaki, and a visit to an organic farm.

Depart Stratford and travel by road to Whangamomona.  Enjoy a walk around the Republic and maybe a coffee at the Whangamomona Hotel before heading to the Whangamomona Station and your waiting Railcart.

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 Whangamomona and Stratford. 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

Add to Your  Experience:

Vehicle Transfer - If you have driven down the Forgotten World Highway from Taumarunui to Whangamomona, join our tour in Whangamomona to enjoy the rest of your journey on the rails.  We can transfer your vehicle to be waiting for you in Stratford.  Cost $75.00 per vehicle

Accommodation in Stratford - We can book your accommodation in Stratford for either the night before or the night after your journey on the rails - or for both nights!


  • Duration : 1 Days (approx.)
From NZD NZ$295.00

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Stratford to the Republic 2 - Stratford to Whangamomona × × × × × × ×
Stratford to the Republic 2 - Stratford to Whangamomona

Stratford to the Republic 2 - Stratford to Whangamomona

Explore the Taranaki end of the Forgotten World! Travel the line between Stratford and NZ’s first Republic, Whangamomona. This one day tour includes views of the spectacular dormant volcano, Mt Taranaki, and a visit to an organic farm.

Depart Stratford on your journey to the Republic of Whangamomona. 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 deep in the heart of sheep and beef country. Travel on the largest bridge over the Patea River, and discover Taranaki dairy farmland all while marvelling at the spectacular Mt Taranaki dominating the skyline. Stop for morning tea at Douglas Station, then continue your journey on to TeWera Station siding, and visit an organic farm with the opportunity to sample and buy locally made produce


Arrive at Whangamomona about 3.30pm to explore this wee republic before boarding your same day return shuttle to journey by road, back to Stratford.


Or why not extend your stay overnight and enjoy the hospitality of the republic.


  • Duration : 1 Days (approx.)
From NZD NZ$295.00

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