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While the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is on many tourists’ to-do list while in the mid North Island, the weather isn’t always suitable and the crossing requires a certain amount of commitment and fitness.

If the weather has thwarted your plans, or if you’ve already done the crossing and still have time on your hands, Paul Chaplow of Forgotten World Adventures recommends heading to Taumarunui for the day to experience one of the rail tours on offer at Forgotten World Adventures

By Tristan Hooker / Media PA

“Taumarunui is an easy journey for people staying at the Chateau Tongariro or travelling from other destinations like Waitomo, Rotorua, Taupo, Ohakune or National Park Village,” says Mr Chaplow. “It’s a good opportunity for people to experience one of our shorter outings, to get a taste of what our longer tours are like.”

Forgotten World Adventures offers guests a unique opportunity to see a beautiful and historic area of New Zealand, using self-driven motorised RailCarts on the decommissioned railway line running 142km from Taumarunui to Stratford. All tours include local guides with excellent knowledge of the area and its history.

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The starting point for the tours, Taumarunui, is less than a 50 minute drive from the Chateau Tongariro, 1 hour 20 minutes from Taupo and 2 hours from Rotorua, making it an achievable day trip for those holidaying in the region.


For more information on our various tours into the Forgotten World, click here.

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