Journey back in time through stunning hill country farms and native bush. Hear stories of the rail workers, as you travel the Forgotten World aboard a self driven Rail Cart. This 3.5 hour return journey includes a stop with delicious home baking and drinks at the historical village of Matiere.
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Journey through the Forgotten World
Breathtaking landscapes steeped in history and stories
Experience the line’s longest tunnel at 1.5km and other beautiful hand-built brick tunnels
Half day tour suitable for all ages (drivers must be 16 years or over)
Operates all year round, a great half day or winter tour option
After checking in at the Forgotten World Motel, Taumarunui, we will shuttle you out to your waiting railcart at Okahukura. Set off down the line along 16km of the Forgotten World Railway. Travel through 5 tunnels, including the longest tunnel (1.5km), and marvel at the beautiful handbuilt brick tunnels. Enjoy cruising through stunning hill country farms and native bush.
A drink and some lovely home baking will be waiting your arrival at Matiere, the turnaround point. On your return journey you'll get to experience the ride from a whole new perspective. Switch drivers, take photos and enjoy the stunning scenery on your return journey to Okahukura. Board the shuttle to return to the Forgotten World Motel.
"The experience shed new light on a side of colonial New Zealand history that is often overlooked. The Forgotten World is aptly named not for fact that I did not know it was there, but it's a place where everything it represents is forgotten to modern New Zealand. I felt utterly lost within my own country travelling down the rail tracks, an amazing and enriching experience for tourists and New Zealanders. Shout out to Luke and Hunter for being great hosts and guides for the trip, you guys were awesome and made the experience a great one!"