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Kia ora!  

With the borders re-opening after a long two years; we’re thrilled to welcome back our Aussie friends from across the ditch next week, and our international guests from all across the world soon after. While our season is coming to an end on 30 April, now’s a great time to reconnect with friends and whānau and plan your next summer adventure. Do something new in 2022 and gear up for a long-awaited trip to the Forgotten World! 

We’re also glad to be welcoming our new owners; Grant Ross, Laura Wackett, and their family, to our corner of the country, as they take the reins and lead Forgotten World Adventures into an exciting new chapter. 

jetboat at sunset

Making headlines 

Did you see us on TVNZ 1 recently? Breakfast host Matty McLean, took a whirlwind tour of Taumarunui’s highlights, including riding the rails with us. If you missed it, check out the clip’s 6:53am mark to see our very own Rail Carts in the spotlight! 

Watch now!

Film crew on jetboat during sunrise

Spotlight on… Posh Pioneers! 

Off-grid and off the beaten track, Posh Pioneers is a stay like no other. Exclusively reached by boat, six gorgeous refurbished pioneer wagons await, complete with luxurious bedding and modern comforts. Nestled on a picturesque riverside meadow, it’s the perfect blend of nostalgic charm. 

hydranges in metal bucket and lodge accommodation on hills

A stay at Posh Pioneers is one of the many incredible inclusions on our brand-new Rhine of the Pacific tour. This four-day adventure is a one-of-a-kind immersion into the rich heritage and natural wonders of the area – as you and your travelling companions explore the Whanganui River by steamboat, jetboat, guided bushwalk and more. 

Our recent Facebook prizewinners, Bette and Pete Cosgrove, spent two nights at Posh Pioneers on their awe-inspiring journey. Will you be the next to discover the Forgotten World, and uncover its remarkable history, lost in time?  


Insider's Guide to Taumarunui 

Nothing beats a friendly tip or two from a local – so complement your next bucket-list Forgotten World Adventure with some expert recommendations from our very own GM, Kara! This NZ Herald article offers plenty of inspiration to complete your itinerary – from accommodation to activities and plenty more. 

Top to-do's in Taumarunui.

Forgotten World Adventures cart with passengers leaning out of cart

Fun Fact Corner: The Bridge to Nowhere 

This special place in the Central North Island marks a poignant piece of history and is an icon in the Whanganui National Park. The Bridge to Nowhere was built in the 1930’s to allow farm access to settlers, but by the time it was finished, most of the farmers had walked off the land. This left an incomplete road heading into what is now known as the ‘Valley of Abandoned Dreams’, and its legacy and impact remains prominent to this day. 

bridge with bicyclists through forest

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